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Ali Buabbas

Ali Buabbas

Kuwait University, Kuwait

Title: Cost analysis of medical treatment overseas versus telemedicine implementation for sick patient in Kuwait


Biography: Ali Buabbas


Medical treatment overseas system in Kuwait costs the government a budget over 1.3 billion USD. Since 1998 the cost rose from 280 million USD to exceed 1.3 billion in 2015. A telemedicine system has the potential to reduce the number of Kuwaiti patients being sent abroad for treatment, and so reduce costs. Justifying the economic contributions for telemedicine is very important to confirm the cost benefits of its use. The cost analysis was performed to evaluate the costs of implementing a telemedicine system in Kuwait for overseas treatment patients, and then to calculate the results with the conventional way of sending patients abroad for treatment. The results showed that the estimated costs for three years using telemedicine with the conventional treatment abroad system had an economic impact, where potential savings could be 300 million per annum. Simplifying the calculation process around economic analysis of telemedicine has made the evaluation process successful. The study concluded that telemedicine can support the conventionally pathway financially and clinically as a way of health care delivery.

Recent Publications:

  1. Hanefeld J, Horsfall D, Lunt N, Smith R (2013). Medical Tourism: A Cost or Benefit to the NHS? PLoS ONE 8(10): e70406.
  2. Suzana, M., Mills, A., Tangcharoensathien, V., & Chongsuvivatwong, V. (2015). The economic burden of overseas medical treatment: a cross sectional study of Maldivian medical travelers. BMC Health Services Research, 15, 418.
  3. Akiyama, M., & Yoo, B.-K. (2016). A Systematic Review of the Economic Evaluation of Telemedicine in Japan. Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, 49(4), 183–196.
  4. Kouskoukis MN Botsaris CH (2017) Cost-Benefit Analysis of Telemedicine Systems/Units in Greek Remote Areas. PharmacoEconomics Open; 1:117–121
  5. De la Torre-Díez, I., López-Coronado, M., Vaca, C., Aguado, J. S., & de Castro, C. (2015). Cost-Utility and Cost-Effectiveness Studies of Telemedicine, Electronic, and Mobile Health Systems in the Literature: A Systematic Review. Telemedicine Journal and E-Health, 21(2), 81–85.