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Table 2 Variables used in costing analysis

From: Estimating the economic costs of skin cancer in New South Wales, Australia

Variables Sources Question/Variable Data Format Analysis summary
Medical Charges APDC Average costs per AR-DRGs (from government ‘Costs of Care’ reports Continuous ($) Averages and totals across diagnosis groups and periods
  MBS Charges Continuous ($) Averages and totals across diagnosis groups and periods
  PBS Gross Price Continuous ($) Averages and totals across diagnosis groups and periods
Diagnoses Melanoma CCR Inclusion in the CCR   Inclusion
  45& Up Question: ‘Has a doctor ever told you that you have melanoma’? Yes/No Proportions
  MBS Relevant MBS Charges Continuous ($) Averages and totals across diagnosis groups and periods
  APDC Relevant Primary Diagnoses items Continuous ($) Averages and totals across diagnosis groups and periods
Diagnosis NMSC 45& Up Question: ‘Has a doctor ever told you that you have skin cancer (NMSC)’? Yes/No Proportions
  MBS Relevant MBS Charges Continuous ($) Averages and totals across diagnosis groups and periods
  APDC Relevant Primary Diagnoses items Continuous ($) Averages and totals across diagnosis groups and periods
Diagnosis Calendar Year (melanoma) CCR Year of Diagnosis’ variable Year  
  APDC Date of Separation Year  
  45& Up Question: ‘At what age were you told you had melanoma?’ (Allows calculation of year with variable ‘Year of Birth’) Continuous Averages and totals across diagnosis groups and periods
Diagnosis Calendar Year (NMSC) 45& Up Question: ‘At what age were you told you had skin cancer (NMSC)’ (Allows calculation of year with variable ‘Year of Birth’) Continuous Averages and totals across diagnosis groups and periods
  APDC Date of Separation Year  
Demographics 45& Up Year of birth Year Year
   Gender Female/Male Proportions
Year of Death RBDM Year of death variable Year Year
  1. APDC NSW Admitted patient data collection; CCR NSW Central Cancer Registry; MBS Medicate Benefit Schedule; PBS Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme; RBDM NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages; 45&UP The 45 and Up study