Journal article

Health system costs for individual and comorbid noncommunicable diseases: An analysis of publicly funded health events from New Zealand

Tony Blakely, Giorgi Kvizhinadze, June Atkinson, Joseph Dieleman, Philip Clarke

PLOS Medicine | Public Library of Science (PLoS) | Published : 2019

Abstract

Background There is little systematic assessment of how total health expenditure is distributed across diseases and comorbidities. The objective of this study was to use statistical methods to disaggregate all publicly funded health expenditure by disease and comorbidities in order to answer three research questions: (1) What is health expenditure by disease phase for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in New Zealand? (2) Is the cost of having two NCDs more or less than that expected given the independent costs of each NCD? (3) How is total health spending disaggregated by NCDs across age and by sex? Methods and findings We used linked data for all adult New Zealanders for publicly funded even..

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Grants

Awarded by Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity & Cost-Effectiveness Programme (BODES) - Health Research Council of New Zealand


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity & Cost-Effectiveness Programme (BODES), which supported this research, is funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (www.hre.govt.nz, #16/443). Funding support was also provided by the National Health and Medical Research Council (GNT1084347) and the Australian Research Council (CE170100005). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of this manuscript.