Journal article

Health care and its costs for children with perinatally acquired HIV infection

JB Carlin, P Langdon, SF Hurley, JB Ziegler, R Doherty, P Chondros, JM Kaldor

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 1996

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To describe survival patterns, use of health services and related costs for Australian children with perinatally acquired human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. METHODOLOGY: A retrospective cross-sectional survey was made of 20 children with HIV infection (91% of those diagnosed) and 13 children with maternal antibodies who subsequently seroreverted, treated at 10 medical centres. Details of disease progression and use of health services were obtained from hospital medical records. Monthly costs for three phases of infection were estimated by linking service usage rates with estimates of the unit cost of each service. The average lifetime cost was estimated by combining mon..

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