Inpatient Care versus Subacute Care for Long Term Intravenous Antibiotics : Cost from the Patient Perspective
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Background: Treatment of osteomyelitis often requires antibiotics over an extended period. Underinsured patients are often kept in an acute care setting for the duration of treatment rather than a subacute care facility or at home for antibiotic administration due to difficulties with placement in lower-level care settings. This provides a significant financial burden on both the hospitalized patient and the hospital system. This report highlights the wide discrepancy between costs to the patient between care settings.