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The Cost of Treating Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases: Does it Matter?

  • Conrad, Daren A.
  • Webb, Marquitta C.

Heart disease and Type 2 diabetes mellitus are among the two leading causes of death in the CARICOM member states with HIV/AIDS a distant sixth. Attention is now being paid to non-communicable diseases which have outpaced communicable diseases as the major cause of death. This paper investigated the link between the public medical cost of treating chronic non-communicable diseases, namely heart disease and diabetes, on national output in Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. The results provide evidence that the public medical cost of treating chronic non-communicable diseases does have a statistically significant negative impact on national output.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 42520.

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Date of creation: 15 Jun 2012
Date of revision: 01 Oct 2012
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:42520
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