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N Z Med J. 2012 Nov 9;125(1365):16-20.

A national estimate of the hospitalisation costs for the influenza (H1N1) pandemic in 2009.

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Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington, Box 7343, Wellington South, New Zealand. nick.wilson@otago.ac.nz

Abstract

AIM:

To estimate the hospitalisation costs borne by the New Zealand Government for the influenza pandemic in 2009 (with uncertainty).

METHODS:

Data were derived from national and local New Zealand studies, and from a combined Australia and New Zealand study on intensive care unit (ICU) use and costs. Probabilistic sensitivity analysis was performed (2000 iterations).

RESULTS:

We estimated the total mean cost to the hospital sector in New Zealand of NZ$30.5 million (95% uncertainty interval (UI): 22.3 to 39.5 million) [US$14.8 to 26.3 million]. The mean cost per capita was NZ$7.01. In an additional cost-effectiveness analysis (using a hypothetical counterfactual relating to no hospital care), the results were suggestive that hospital care was likely to be a relatively cost-effective means of preventing death from pandemic influenza.

CONCLUSIONS:

These high hospitalisation costs for a relatively non-severe pandemic indicate the potential value of preventive measures (e.g., vaccination) and of investing in pandemic planning and other control measures to reduce person-to-person spread.

PMID:
23254496
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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