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ME/CFS Economic Cost To Australia: $14.5B Each Year

Sunday 6 September 2020


From Australian Griffith University's Griffith News:


Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik and Professor Don Staines
National Centre for Neuroimmunology and
Emerging Diseases Co-Directors Professor
Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik and Professor Don Staines.

ME/CFS economic cost: $14.5B each year

By Eddie Ngaluafe
September 3, 2020
Copyright © 2020 Griffith University.

Griffith University research has calculated the cost of the debilitating illness myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) at $14.5 billion each year in Australia.

Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik, co-director of the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED), says the figure shows the significant economic toll on patients and the broader health economy.

“Our cost of illness analysis accounts for direct health care system costs, out of pocket expenses, the cost of accessing health care and the indirect cost associated with lost income.

“We know patients and carers experience considerable medical and social burdens, but less well known is the extraordinary economic cost to patients, their carers and the Australian economy.”


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