Socioeconomic Effects of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease from the Public Payer’s Perspective in Poland

W. Wziątek-Nowak , J. Gierczyński , P Dąbrowiecki , M. Gałązka-Sobotka , A. M. Fal , J. Gryglewicz , Artur Jerzy Badyda


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is currently the third most common cause of death worldwide and the total number of people affected reaches over 200 million. It is estimated that approximately 50 % of persons having COPD are not aware of it. In the EU, it is estimated that the total annual costs of COPD exceed €140 billion, and the expected increase in the number of cases and deaths due to COPD would further enhance economic and social costs of the disease. In this article we present the results of cost analysis of health care benefits associated with the treatment of COPD and with the disease-related incapacity for work. The analysis is based on the data of the National Health Fund and the Social Insurance Institutions, public payers of health benefits in Poland. The annual 2012 expenditures incurred for COPD treatment was €40 million, and the benefits associated with incapacity for work reached more than €55 million. The extent of these expenditures indicates that it is necessary to optimize the functioning system, including the allocation of resources for prevention, social awareness, and detection of COPD at early stages when treatment costs are relatively low.
Author W. Wziątek-Nowak
W. Wziątek-Nowak,,
, J. Gierczyński
J. Gierczyński,,
, P Dąbrowiecki
P Dąbrowiecki,,
, M. Gałązka-Sobotka
M. Gałązka-Sobotka,,
, A. M. Fal
A. M. Fal,,
, J. Gryglewicz
J. Gryglewicz,,
, Artur Jerzy Badyda ZIBJŚ
Artur Jerzy Badyda,,
- Department of Informationa Science and Environment Quality Research
Publication size in sheets0.65
Book Pokorski Mieczysław (eds.): Respirology, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, no. 885, 2016, Springer International Publishing, ISBN 978-3-319-25851-5, [978-3-319-25853-9], 98 p., DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-25853-9
Keywords in EnglishChronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Health care benefits, Prevention, Social awareness, Treatment costs
Languageen angielski
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