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Cost of coronary heart disease in New Zealand.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8255558     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To conservatively estimate the costs of coronary heart disease from the perspective of New Zealand society. METHODS: A cross sectional or prevalence analysis (cases and associated costs in one year) was undertaken of the total annual cost of coronary heart disease. Estimates were made on an incremental basis of direct, indirect and intangible costs. Costs relate to 1989 volumes measured in March quarter 1992 dollars (net of goods and services tax). RESULTS: Cost estimates were in all instances conservative values. Direct medical costs amounted to $179 million and indirect costs were between $14 million and $24 million. Loss of life using the human capital approach ranged from $114 million to $264 million, but using the willingness to pay criteria, loss of life was $14,568 million. CONCLUSION: Because of the magnitude of the costs of coronary heart disease even small reductions in the incidence of coronary heart disease will produce substantial savings to society.
W G Scott; H D White; H M Scott
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The New Zealand medical journal     Volume:  106     ISSN:  0028-8446     ISO Abbreviation:  N. Z. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1993 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-01-13     Completed Date:  1994-01-13     Revised Date:  2010-03-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401067     Medline TA:  N Z Med J     Country:  NEW ZEALAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  347-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Wellington Polytechnic.
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MeSH Terms
Ambulances / economics
Ambulatory Care / economics
Coronary Artery Bypass / economics
Coronary Disease / diagnosis,  drug therapy,  economics*,  mortality,  surgery
Cost of Illness*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Drug Prescriptions / economics
Health Care Costs*
Heart Transplantation / economics
Hospital Units / economics
Intensive Care Units / economics
Middle Aged
New Zealand / epidemiology
Quality of Life
Referral and Consultation / economics
Value of Life
Comment In:
N Z Med J. 1993 Oct 27;106(966):462   [PMID:  8233188 ]

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