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released: 15 Aug 2014 author: AIHW media release

Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions are substantial contributors to health-care expenditure in Australia. In 2008–09, estimated health-care expenditure allocated to these conditions totalled $5,690 million– the 4th most expensive disease group, accounting for 8.7% of total health-care expenditure allocated to disease groups. This report is the latest in a series on arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions expenditure. The key objectives of this report are to describe the distribution of health-care expenditure by health-care sector for the major musculoskeletal conditions: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, back problems and osteoporosis.

ISSN 1833-0991; ISBN 978-1-74249-604-7; Cat. no. PHE 177; 57pp.; $12

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Methods and limitations
      • The AIHW Disease Expenditure Database
    • 3 How much is spent on arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions in Australia?
      • Overall expenditure
      • Expenditure by health-care sector
    • 4 How does expenditure vary by type of musculoskeletal condition?
      • Osteoarthritis
      • Back problems
      • Rheumatoid arthritis
      • Osteoporosis
    • 5 How does expenditure vary by age and sex?
      • Osteoarthritis
      • Back problems
      • Rheumatoid arthritis
      • Osteoporosis
    • 6 Are expenditure patterns changing over time?
    • 7 Discussion
      • Health-care expenditure by health-care sector
      • Health-care expenditure by various musculoskeletal conditions
      • Health-care expenditure by sex and age
      • Comparisons with other health-care expenditure estimates
      • Conclusion
  • End matter
    • Appendix A: Data sources
      • AIHW Disease Expenditure Database
      • 2011-12 ABS National Health Survey
      • AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database
    • Appendix B: Data quality statement
      • Disease expenditure database 2008-09
    • Appendix C: Detailed statistical tables
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2014. Health-care expenditure on arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions 2008-09. Arthritis series 20. Cat. no. PHE 177. Canberra: AIHW.

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