The British Lung Foundation Report: Estimating the Economic Burden of Respiratory Illness in the UK

The British Lung Foundation has published a report on the economic cost of respiratory disease to the UK, consisting of direct, indirect and intangible costs (i.e. including healthcare and societal costs, as well as the human cost of excess morbidity and mortality). The analysis estimates the total costs to the UK of all respiratory illness in 2014 to be £165 billion, including intangible costs, and £11.1 billion, excluding intangible costs; representing 0.6% of UK GDP in 2014. The report highlights the continuing burden respiratory illness places on individuals, wider society, and the healthcare system, stating that research funding allocation for respiratory illness does not currently reflect this.

To read the report, please click here.

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Published on 15. March 2017 in News UK