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. 2016;16(1):85-96.
doi: 10.1586/14737167.2016.1140575. Epub 2016 Feb 2.

A Review of the Economics of Adult Congenital Heart Disease

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A Review of the Economics of Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Michael D Seckeler et al. Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res. .

Abstract

Adults living with congenital heart disease (CHD) now outnumber children with the disease. Thanks to medical advances over the past 75 years, many of these fatal childhood heart problems have changed to chronic medical conditions. As the population of adults with CHD increases, they will require increasingly complex medical, surgical and catheter-based therapies. In addition, social burdens including education, employment and insurability, which increase the societal costs of adult CHD, are now being recognized for adults living with CHD. This review summarizes the available literature on the economics of adult CHD.

Keywords: Adult congenital heart disease; Hypoplastic left heart syndrome; atrial septal defects; chronic disease; economics; healthcare resource utilization; tetralogy of Fallot.

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