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The economic impact of multiple sclerosis in Australia in 2010


Palmer, AJ and Colman, S and O'Leary, B and Taylor, BV and Simmons, RD, The economic impact of multiple sclerosis in Australia in 2010, Multiple Sclerosis, 19, (12) pp. 1640-1646. ISSN 1352-4585 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Sage Publications

DOI: doi:10.1177/1352458513488230


BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) has a major impact on health and is a substantial burden on patients and society. We estimated the annual costs of MS in Australia from individual and societal perspectives using data from the Australian MS Longitudinal Study (AMSLS) and prevalence figures from 2010. METHODS: Direct and indirect costs were estimated from a subsample of 712 AMSLS subjects who completed baseline and follow-up economic impact surveys. All costs are in 2010 Australian dollars (AUD). RESULTS: Annual costs per person with MS were AUD48,945 (95% CI: 45,138 to 52,752). Total costs were AUD1.042 (0.9707 to 1.1227) billion based on a prevalence of 21,283. The largest component was indirect costs due to loss of productivity (48%). Costs increased with increasing disability: AUD36,369, AUD58,890 and AUD65,305 per patient per year for mild, moderate and severe disability, respectively. Total costs of MS to Australian society have increased 58% between 2005 and 2010. CONCLUSIONS: This study confirms that MS imposes a substantial burden on Australian society, particularly impacting on productivity. The burden increases with worsening disability associated with the disease. Investment in interventions that slow progression, as well as resources, services and environments that assist people with MS to retain employment, is supported.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Health economics, cost of illness, multiple sclerosis, Australia
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Health economics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Palmer, AJ (Professor Andrew Palmer)
UTAS Author:Taylor, BV (Professor Bruce Taylor)
ID Code:85490
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:53
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2013-07-11
Last Modified:2018-03-24

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