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Chronic illness and disability are a hidden economic burden in Australia

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e491 (Published 26 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e491
  1. Jane Parry
  1. 1Hong Kong

Out of pocket expenditure is causing serious levels of economic hardship among people with chronic illness and disability in Australia, a health economist says. He has called on the government to review its health policy and provide targeted support to help individuals and families avoid catastrophic healthcare spending.

In a paper published in the January issue of the Medical Journal of Australia (doi:10.5694/mja11.11105) Stephen Jan of The George Institute for Global Health in Sydney argues that despite the strengths of the Australian healthcare system, specific patient populations are falling through the cracks. Those with …

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