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released: 11 Sep 2009 author: AIHW media release

Arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions affect more than 6 million Australians. In 2004-05, direct health expenditure on these conditions amounted to $4.0 billion or 7.5% of total allocated health expenditure in Australia. Osteoarthritis alone accounted for nearly one-third of the expenditure, mostly due to hospital costs associated with knee and hip replacements. Other major sources of expenditure included prescription pharmaceuticals for osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. This report provides detailed information on health expenditure on these diseases and conditions using estimates derived from the AIHW Disease expenditure database, supported by information from various other data sources.

ISSN 1833-0991; ISBN 978 1 74024 942 3; Cat. no. PHE 115; 80pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
  • Body section
    1. Introduction
      • 1.1 What is health expenditure?
      • 1.2 How much is spent on health?
      • 1.3 Arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions
      • 1.4 Structure of the report
    2. Total expenditure
      • 2.1 An NHPA-specific perspective
      • 2.2 National Hospital Cost Data Collection
    3. Condition-specific expenditure by health service area
      • 3.1 Hospital-admitted patient services
      • 3.2 Out-of-hospital medical services
      • 3.3 Pharmaceuticals
      • 3.4 Research
    4. Expenditure by age and sex
      • 4.1 All arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions
      • 4.2 Osteoarthritis
      • 4.3 Chronic back pain
      • 4.4 Osteoporosis
      • 4.5 Rheumatoid arthritis
      • 4.6 Slipped disc
      • 4.7 Other musculoskeletal conditions
    5. Changes over time
      • 5.1 The past
      • 5.2 The future
    6. Discussion
      • 6.1 Other costs
      • 6.2 Government programs
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix 1: Methodology and data sources
        • Expenditure data
        • Health care service data and population surveys
      • Appendix 2: Detailed statistical tables
        • Expenditure distribution, current prices, 2004-05 and 2000-01
        • Expenditure by age and sex, current prices, 2004-05
        • Expenditure per person, current prices, by age ands ex, 2004-05
        • NHS prevalence estimates
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes

Recommended citation

AIHW 2009. Health expenditure for arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, 2004-05. Arthritis series no. 10. Cat. no. PHE 115. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 27 March 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468282>.

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