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Important cost categories not included: transcatheter aortic valve implantation probably less cost-effective
  1. Pieter van Baal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Pieter van Baal, Institute of Health Policy & Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, PO Box 1, Rotterdam 3720BA, The Netherlands; vanbaal{at}bmg.eur.nl

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Patients eligible for the transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) intervention are old (>75 years), face a high risk of mortality, and generally have multiple comorbidities.1 Healthcare consumption of this group of patients can, therefore, be expected to be high.2 ,3 As a consequence, life extension in this group would probably result …

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