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Cost for the treatment of actinic keratosis on the rise in Australia.
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PMID:  25309734     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To report the burden and cost of actinic keratosis (AK) treatment in Australia and to forecast the number of AK treatments and the associated costs to 2020.
DESIGN AND SETTING: A retrospective study of data obtained from medicare Australia for AK treated by cryotherapy between 1 January 1994 and 31 December 2012, by year and by state or territory.
RESULTS: The total number of AK cryotherapy treatments increased from 247,515 in 1994 to 643,622 in 2012, and we estimate that the number of treatments will increase to 831,952 (95% CI 676,919 to 986,987) by 2020. The total Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) benefits paid out for AK in 2012 was $19.6 million and we forecast that this will increase to $24.7 million by 2020 (without inflation).
CONCLUSION: The number of AK cryotherapy treatments increased by 160% between 1994 and 2012. we forecast that the number of treatments will increase by 30% between 2012 and 2020. The rates of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) and AK appear to be increasing at the same rate. During the period 2010 to 2015 AK is anticipated to increase by 17.8% which follows a similar trend to published data that forecasts an increase in NMSC treatments of 22.3%.
Eshini Perera; Sean McGuigan; Rodney Sinclair
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2014-08-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  F1000Research     Volume:  3     ISSN:  2046-1402     ISO Abbreviation:  F1000Res     Publication Date:  2014  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-10-15     Completed Date:  2014-10-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101594320     Medline TA:  F1000Res     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  184     Citation Subset:  -    
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