Out of pocket costs to stroke patients during the first year after stroke - results from the North East Melbourne stroke incidence study

Dewey, Helen M., Thrift, Amanda G., Mihalopoulos, Cathy, Carter, Rob, Macdonell, Richard A. L., McNeil, John J. and Donnan, Geoffrey A. 2004, Out of pocket costs to stroke patients during the first year after stroke - results from the North East Melbourne stroke incidence study, Journal of clinical neuroscience, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 134-137.

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Title Out of pocket costs to stroke patients during the first year after stroke - results from the North East Melbourne stroke incidence study
Author(s) Dewey, Helen M.
Thrift, Amanda G.
Mihalopoulos, Cathy
Carter, Rob
Macdonell, Richard A. L.
McNeil, John J.
Donnan, Geoffrey A.
Journal name Journal of clinical neuroscience
Volume number 11
Issue number 2
Start page 134
End page 137
Publisher Elsevier Ltd.
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publication date 2004-02
ISSN 0967-5868
1532-2653
Keyword(s) costs and cost analysis
stroke
incidence
Summary Non-reimbursed ‘out of pocket’ costs to stroke patients have not been included in existing cost of illness studies. We aimed to determine the nature and magnitude of ‘out of pocket’ costs to stroke patients during the first year after stroke. ‘Out of pocket’ costs during the first year after stroke were documented for 165 persons registered in a community-based stroke incidence study during 1996/1997. Virtually all cases reported some ‘out of pocket’ costs. The average cost over 12 months was A$1110. The highest cost items were home modifications, aids and equipment. The most commonly incurred expense was for prescription medications. Total ‘out of pocket’ costs incurred by first-ever stroke patients in Australia in 1997 were estimated to be A$29 million or 5% of the total cost of stroke. The majority of ‘out of pocket’ costs relate to post-acute care aimed at minimising disability and handicap rather than to ‘acute’ healthcare.
Language eng
Field of Research 111711 Health Information Systems (incl Surveillance)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003 Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009118

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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