Journal article

Do reductions in out-of-pocket expenses for dual energy X-ray absorptiometry scans translate to reduced fracture incidence amongst older Australians? A population-based study

Amanda L Stuart, Sharon L Brennan-Olsen, Julie A Pasco, Amelia G Betson, Kara L Holloway-Kew, Sarah M Hosking, Lana J Williams

ARCHIVES OF OSTEOPOROSIS | SPRINGER LONDON LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

This study aimed to compare fracture incidence in the elderly pre- and post-revision of bone density scan reimbursement guidelines, which changed in 2007. Fracture incidence by age group was calculated using population-specific data. Guideline changes did not appear to reduce fracture incidence in the study region located in south-eastern Australia. PURPOSE: In 2007, Medicare Australia revised reimbursement guidelines whereby individuals aged 70 years and over received reduced out-of-pocket expenses for dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans. The current study aims to determine whether fracture incidence in the elderly has changed since the revision of reimbursement guidelines. METHOD:..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Funding Acknowledgements

The study was supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC; project 628582), the Geelong Region Medical Research Foundation and Amgen Europe (GmBH); however, the funding bodies played no part in the design or conduct of the study, the collection, management, analysis and interpretation of the data or in the preparation or review of the manuscript. SLB-O and LJW are supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowships (1107510 and 1064272, respectively) and KLH-K is supported by an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.