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Direct costs of blindness in Australia

Wright, S. E., Keeffe, J. E., Thies, L. S.,

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This study calculated the direct financial costs of blindness to the Australian government and community. Three case studies, representative of Australians with severely impaired vision, were used to calculate the annual costs associated with blindness. The costs include pensions, subsidies, concessions, equipment and services. In addition to the social costs to a person who is blind, there are significant financial costs to the government and the community that will increase substantially with the ageing of the Australian population.

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Journal/Publication : Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Economic participation, Health and wellbeing

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