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Table 4 The variety of the pre- and postoperative costs in the two programmes reflected by the most optimistic and most pessimistic estimates (Euros)

From: Costs and quality of life for prehabilitation and early rehabilitation after surgery of the lumbar spine

  Integrated programme Routine programme
  Most optimistic Base case Most pessimistic Most optimistic Base case Most pessimistic
Preoperative costs 22 79 88 5 8 9
Postoperative hospital costs 449 999 2,334 536 1,530 3,074
Postoperative primary care costs 82 96 111 116 130 157
Direct costs 553 1,174 2,532 657 1,668 3,239
Indirect costs 7,011 8,021 9,098 8,834 9,152 9,427
Balance 8,117 10,369 11,884 10,148 12,488 15,906