Navigation Links
First study of Australia's high cost of pain reveals $34 billion price tag
Date:11/18/2007

For the first time, a dollar value has been attached to the high cost of pain in Australia in an MBF Foundation funded study that reveals a massive annual cost of $34.3 billion -- nearly $11,000 for each of the estimated 3.2 million people grappling with pain. The price tag of pain includes both financial costs and loss of healthy life.

The MBF Foundation study The High Price of Pain: The Economic Impact of Persistent Pain in Australia, conducted by Access Economics in collaboration with the University of Sydney Pain Management Research Institute also found that the people who are suffering from persistent pain are carrying more than half of its overall cost burden. The Foundation has called for pain to be treated as a health priority with a co-ordinated national response.

Findings from the study will be used to identify the best ways to ease suffering, save healthcare dollars and help patients maintain productive lives.

Dr Christine Bennett, MBF chief medical officer and chair of the MBF Foundation Steering Committee, said that establishing the economic cost of pain to Australia was a very significant development for healthcare strategy.

The impact and cost of persistent pain is so widespread that a national approach is needed to address this major health issue and its hidden health burden, Dr Bennett said. This is vital because pain is involved across a number of existing National Health Priority Areas such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, musculoskeletal disease and diabetes.

The study shows that the bottom line of chronic pain is huge both in human terms and its economic impact. Australians suffering from persistent pain could benefit from approaches that can help them manage or minimise their pain to improve their lives and the health system.

The studys expert advisory panel led by pain management pioneer Professor Michael Cousins AM, Dr Fiona Blyth at Sydneys Pain Management Research Institute found that:

  • 3.2 million people are living with pain and more women than men are affected
  • Productivity loss is $11.7 billion annually, or 34 per cent of total pain-related costs
  • The burden of disease accounts for a further third at $11.5 billion
  • Health system costs account for $7 billion, around 20 per cent of total pain-related costs

Professor Cousins said the study should prompt more action to prevent pain from going under-treated or untreated at all so that its economic cost can be reduced.

It is now possible to manage persistent pain in 70-80 per cent of patients yet fewer than 10 per cent actually obtain pain relief, said Professor Cousins.

Providing resources to deliver proper pain treatment has the potential to save Federal and State Governments enormous amounts of public funds. At least 50 per cent of patients who have access to effective treatment can return to a reasonable lifestyle, offering savings on hospital and doctor visits, x-rays, surgery and medications, not to mention improved productivity.

Dr Bennett said the landmark study would put pain on the health agenda. The MBF Foundation would be pursuing the next positive steps towards improving the lives of Australians living with chronic pain. These include:

  • Developing a coordinated National Plan for Pain;
  • Replacing ineffective stand alone therapies with effective multidisciplinary approaches, and
  • Providing education and awareness for health providers particularly in primary care


'/>"/>

Contact: Jackie Crossman
61-293-610-519
Research Australia
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. First biomarker discovered that predicts prostate cancer outcome
2. FDA Approves First Anti-Psychotic for Kids
3. Single-incision belly-button surgery to remove kidney performed first at UT Southwestern
4. First study examines newly-licensed RN work attitudes and intentions
5. Glades General Hospital First in Palm Beach County to Provide On-Site Electronic Birth Registration
6. UHW Announces: Antelope Valley Hospital Caregivers and Board Vote to Ratify First Union Contract With SEIU UHW-West
7. Father and Daughter From Tanzania Receive Their First Medical Examination in Newport Beach
8. High and mighty: first common height gene identified by researchers behind obesity gene finding
9. APA Comments on FDAs First Approval of Medication to Treat Pediatric Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder
10. TriWest Creates First-of-its-Kind Partnership to Offer Military Leaders With Grief Support Program
11. Watson Receives First FDA Approval for Manufacturing Product at Its Goa, India Facility
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... , ... In an article published April 16th on the New ... lip injections, which she underwent in order to feel more at home at this ... The article explains that Ms. Mirmelli’s situation is not unique; many plastic surgeons say ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... Awakening , announces the addition Onnit brand Alpha BRAIN and New Mood Daily-Stress ... Onnit brain and mood optimization products to the store is just one more ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... Palm Springs, California (PRWEB) , ... April 29, ... ... It lies at the heart of our nation’s productivity, stability, even security. Most ... profitability for their organizations. , Then why are American workers so unhappy? , ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Conditions were ideal for Global Lyme Alliance’s (GLA) ... with sunny skies, a light breeze and temperatures in the 60s. Over 400 runners, ... Run and Walk and 1-mile walk were held to increase awareness about Lyme ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... Spine Team ... pain, is proud to announce one of their physicians has been invited to be ... Physicians (Texas ACOFP) Family Practice Review conference on April 30, 2016. , Dr. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/29/2016)... April 29, 2016 Glycotope GmbH, ... today announces the appointment of Dr. Alfredo Zurlo ... is an oncologist with many years clinical experience and ... industries. His last role was at Mologen AG where ... Executive Board. Previously Dr. Zurlo held various positions at ...
(Date:4/28/2016)...  While Abbott,s announced purchase of St. Jude ... and stent business, healthcare research firm Kalorama Information ... into patient monitoring.  Kalorama said that patient monitoring ... with double-digit growth expected the next 5 years, ... Patient Monitoring . Abbott Laboratories agreed to ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... 2016 Dr. ... und Stephen Schmidt werden ... ArisGlobal®, ein führender Anbieter cloudbasierter Softwarelösungen für ... dass neue Führungskräfte zum Team Sicherheit und ... vielfältige Erfahrungen mitbringen.  Dies wird die Geschäftseinheit ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: