Cost of close the gap for vision of Indigenous Australians: On estimating the extra resources required
Article first published online: 3 DEC 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Australian Journal of Rural Health © National Rural Health Alliance Inc
Australian Journal of Rural Health
Volume 21, Issue 6, pages 329–335, December 2013
How to Cite
Hsueh, Y.-s., Brando, A., Dunt, D., Anjou, M. D., Boudville, A. and Taylor, H. (2013), Cost of close the gap for vision of Indigenous Australians: On estimating the extra resources required. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 21: 329–335. doi: 10.1111/ajr.12066
- Issue published online: 3 DEC 2013
- Article first published online: 3 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 JUN 2013
- Greg Poche AO
- Harold Mitchell Foundation
- The Ian Potter Foundation
- University of Melbourne
- cataract surgery;
- diabetic retinopathy;
- eye health cost;
- Indigenous Australians;
- refractive error
To estimate the costs of the extra resources required to close the gap of vision between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Constructing comprehensive eye care pathways for Indigenous Australians with their related probabilities, to capture full eye care usage compared with current usage rate for cataract surgery, refractive error and diabetic retinopathy using the best available data.
Urban and remote regions of Australia.
The provision of eye care for cataract surgery, refractive error and diabetic retinopathy.
Main outcome measures
Estimated cost needed for full access, estimated current spending and estimated extra cost required to close the gaps of cataract surgery, refractive error and diabetic retinopathy for Indigenous Australians.
Total cost needed for full coverage of all three major eye conditions is $45.5 million per year in 2011 Australian dollars. Current annual spending is $17.4 million. Additional yearly cost required to close the gap of vision is $28 million. This includes extra-capped funds of $3 million from the Commonwealth Government and $2 million from the State and Territory Governments. Additional coordination costs per year are $13.3 million.
Although available data are limited, this study has produced the first estimates that are indicative of the need for planning and provide equity in eye care.