Published Papers - Abstract 352

Lowe J, Young A, Dolja-Gore X & Byles J. Costs of medications for older women. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2008; 32(1): 89

With chronic diseases such as diabetes on the increase the uptake of medications are required for patients to maintain a quality of life, these costs are unfairly incurred by older women. The mean co-payment medication costs to older women increased by $25.60 for women without diabetes and $29.75 for women with diabetes giving an 18% increase between 2004 and 2005 compared to aged pensions which had a 3% CPI increase.