Preventing fatal diseases increases healthcare costs: cause elimination life table approach.

@article{Bonneux1998PreventingFD,
  title={Preventing fatal diseases increases healthcare costs: cause elimination life table approach.},
  author={Luc Gustaaf Antoon Bonneux and Jan J. Barendregt and Wilma Johanna Nusselder and P J der Maas},
  journal={BMJ},
  year={1998},
  volume={316 7124},
  pages={26-9}
}
OBJECTIVES To examine whether elimination of fatal diseases will increase healthcare costs. DESIGN Mortality data from vital statistics combined with healthcare spending in a cause elimination life table. Costs were allocated to specific diseases through the various healthcare registers. SETTING AND SUBJECTS The population of the Netherlands, 1988. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Healthcare costs of a synthetic life table cohort, expressed as life time expected costs. RESULTS The life time… CONTINUE READING

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