Journal article

THE USAGE AND COSTS OF HEALTH-SERVICES FOR HIV-INFECTION IN AUSTRALIA

SF HURLEY, JM KALDOR, JB CARLIN, S GARDINER, DB EVANS, P CHONDROS, J HOY, D SPELMAN, WJ SPICER, H WRAIGHT, P MEESE

AIDS | RAPID SCIENCE PUBLISHERS | Published : 1995

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To describe patterns of health-service usage and the resulting costs in 1992-1993 for Australian men. DESIGN: A prospective survey, stratified by phase of illness. SETTING: Hospital and community-based care. PATIENTS: A total of 128 homosexual men: 20 in phase 1 (CD4+ count > or = 500 x 10(6)/l), 31 in phase 2 (CD4+ count or = 200 x 10(6)/l), 30 in phase 3 (CD4+ count < 200 x 10(6)/l), and 47 in phase 4 (AIDS). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Mean monthly service usage rates and costs. RESULTS: Health-service utilization increased and became more hospital-based as illness worsened; the main exception was use of antiretroviral drugs, which peaked in phases 2 and 3. Hospital admission was r..

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