The cost to close the gap for vision

15 Nov 2011

This report summarises a study which determines the direct medical and associated non-medical costs of providing full access to eye care services for Indigenous people, focusing on three main eye problems; cataract, refractive error, and diabetic retinopathy.

Methods were developed in the study to estimate resources currently spent on these services and estimate what extra resources are needed to Close the gap for vision for Indigenous people for each state and territory in the next five years.

The report is part of a series produced by the Indigenous Eye Health Unit, University of Melbourne, following the National Indigenous eye health survey and Access to eye health services among Indigenous Australians reports.

Authored by Dr Ya-Seng (Arthur) Hsueh*, Mr Alex Brando*, Professor David Dunt, Mr Mitchell Anjou* and Professor Hugh Taylor of the Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics and the Indigenous Eye Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population Health, The University of Melbourne.

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