Health Policy in Ageing Populations: Economic Modeling of Chronic Disease Policy Options in Australia


Agnes E.G. Walker, James R.G. Butler, Stephen Colagiuri

DOI: 10.2174/97816080581671130101
eISBN: 978-1-60805-816-7, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-60805-817-4

Indexed in: EBSCO.

In a global environment of rapid increases in health expenditures, health policies in Australia and in many other countries are curren...[view complete introduction]
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Simulating a Policy Relevant Reform Option with HealthAgeingMod

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Agnes E.G. Walker, James R.G. Butler, Stephen Colagiuri and Crystal Man Ying Lee


In this chapter the policy relevant scenario simulated with HealthAgeingMod concerns the health benefits and costs of an integrated diabetes and cardiovascular disease screening, prevention and management intervention among 40-74 year old Australians. The Scenario was proposed by a group of Australian health policy developers at a time of studies reporting that a significant proportion of Australians were missing out on prevention and recommended treatment. The Scenario reflects Australian practices, costs and medical guidelines. </p><p> The screening tests for CVD, diabetes and their risk factors, and high-risk status or diagnosis, is followed by several possible medically identified treatment and prevention paths. Within HealthAgeingMod both single and combined diseases are identified, and account is taken of the non-linear nature of comorbidities. </p><p> This policy relevant application compares, over the 2005-2010 period, the outcomes of the scenario simulation with that of the Baseline simulation in terms of extra life years lived and health costs saved. We found that implementing the scenario would result in a net cost to government of around AUD 7,000 per Quality Adjusted Life Years gained. Sensitivity tests indicated a range from AUD 3,000 to AUD 14,000. </p><p> Because this range is within what is usually considered to be cost-effective in Australia, an intervention of this kind is worth consideration for public funding.

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