Current and Future Incidence and Costs of Osteoporosis-Related Fractures in The Netherlands: Combining Claims Data with BMD Measurements

Freek J. B. Lotters, Joop P. van den Bergh, Frank de Vries, Maureen P. M. H. Rutten-van Molken*

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This study aims to estimate the incidence and costs of osteoporosis-related fractures in The Netherlands in 2010 and project them to 2030. The incidence and costs of five different types of fractures (spine, hip, upper extremity, lower extremity, wrist/distal forearm, other) were derived from claims data of all Dutch healthcare insurers. Given that fracture-codes in claims data do not indicate whether fractures are related to osteoporosis, we used a large dataset with DXA measurements to attribute fractures to osteoporosis. Future projections used four scenarios: (1) demographic, (2) demographic ? annual trend in incidence rates, (3) demographic ? annual trend in incidence rates ? annual trend in costs, and (4) treatment. Of all registered fractures, 32 % was attributed to osteoporosis (36 % in women and 21 % in men). Over time 2010-2030) the increase in incidence of osteoporosis-related fractures was estimated to be 40 % (scenario 1); for the hip 60-79 % (scenario 1-2). In 2010, approximately 200 million was spent on treatment of osteoporosis-related fractures, most on fractures of the hip followed by wrist/distal forearm. In both men and women, the excess costs due to osteoporosis-related fractures were highest for hip fractures ((sic)11,000-(sic)13,000 per person), followed by spine fractures ((sic)6000-(sic)7000). The costs for osteoporosis-related fractures were projected to increase with 50 % from 2010 to 2030 (scenario 1); for the hip 60-148 % (scenario 1-3). Pharmacotherapeutic prevention can lead to cost-savings of (sic)377 million in 2030 (scenario 1 and 4 combined). The projected increase in incidence and costs of osteoporosis-related fractures calls for a wider use of prevention and treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-243
JournalCalcified Tissue International
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016


  • Incidence
  • Costs
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fractures
  • Future projections

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