Economic and health impacts of narrower health inequalities

Social equality Health Economics Australia

Using microsimulation, Agnes Walker finds that if a policy was implemented which resulted in the lifting of the health status of all Australians to that of the most affluent 20 per cent in the population, then close to one million fewer Australians are estimated to be disabled, over 180,000 life years could be saved, health care costs would be around A$3 billion lower and the government could save close to A$1 billion on the disability support pension. The narrowing of health inequalities at the national level has the potential to deliver, in the longer term, considerable health and cost saving benefits.

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