Estimated annual cost of arterial hypertension treatment in Brazil

Estimated annual cost of arterial hypertension treatment in Brazil

Alternative title Costo estimado anual del tratamiento de la hipertensión arterial en Brasil
Author Dib, Murilo William Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Riera, Rachel Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Ferraz, Marcos Bosi Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract Objectives. To estimate the direct annual cost of systemic arterial hypertension (SAH) treatment in Brazil's public and private health care systems, assess its economic impact on the total health care budget, and determine its proportion of the 2005 gross domestic product (GDP).Methods. A decision tree model was used to determine direct costs based on estimated use of various resources in SAH diagnosis and care, including treatment (medication and non-medication), complementary exams, doctor visits, nutritional assessments, and emergency room visits.Results. Estimated direct annual cost of SAH treatment was approximately US$ 398.9 million for the public health care system and US$ 272.7 million for the private system, representing 0.08% of the 2005 GDP (ranging from 0.05% to 0.16%). With total health care expenses comprising about 7.6% of Brazil's GDP, this cost represented 1.11% of overall health care costs (0.62% to 2.06%)-1.43% of total expenses for the Unified Healthcare System (Sistema Unico de Sa de, SUS) (0.79% to 2.75%) and 0.83% of expenses for the private health care system (0.47% to 1.48%).Conclusion. To guarantee public or private health care based on the principles of universality and equality, with limited available resources, efforts must be focused on educating the population on prevention and treatment compliance in diseases such as SAH that require significant health resources.
Keywords Hypertension
costs and cost analysis
health economics
Language English
Date 2010-02-01
Published in Revista Panamericana De Salud Publica-pan American Journal Of Public Health. Washington: Pan Amer Health Organization, v. 27, n. 2, p. 125-131, 2010.
ISSN 1020-4989 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Pan Amer Health Organization
Extent 125-131
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000276909800006
SciELO ID S1020-49892010000200006 (statistics in SciELO)

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