New report says NHS Scotland could save thousands of lives, avoid 80,000 bed days and more efficiently use health resources.
Health innovation has an important part to play in managing the burden of diabetes and CHD in Scotland; saving and improving the quality of patients lives, according to a new economic report published today.
The report, The Future Burden of CHD and Diabetes in Scotland: The Value of Healthcare Innovation, by the independent economic consultancy group NERA accesses how innovation in health care can help to reduce the pressure on Scottish health care resources from CHD and diabetes.
The report’s key findings include:
The impact of these diseases on NHSScotland is substantial. Half a million people in Scotland currently have CHD, and 180,000 people require regular treatment costing NHSScotland £451 million. Scotland also has the highest mortality rate from CHD in the UK, with over 14,000 people having died of the disease in 2003. Around 162,000 people have been diagnosed with diabetes in Scotland equating to 3.2 per cent of the population compared to 2.3 per cent for the rest of the UK. The number of people affected by diabetes is expected to rise to 350,000 by 2025.
Jim Eadie, Director of ABPI Scotland said, “Medicines play an important role in offering people affected by CHD and diabetes an improved quality of life as well as helping to reduce the pressure on NHSScotland resources. It is essential that innovative medicines are effectively used across the whole of Scotland to give every patient the best possible outcome.”
The report recognises that Scotland’s ageing population, lifestyle and diet affects the high prevalence of these diseases. However the report points out that managing these diseases effectively will improve the consequences for the patient, reducing the cost to the health service and benefit the economy.
David Clark, Chief Executive of Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland said, “In spite of recent progress CHD remains one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in Scotland. Innovations in pharmaceuticals, improved medical care and lifestyle changes all play a vital contribution to reducing the burden of CHD for individuals and society.”
Audrey Birt, National Director Scotland of Diabetes UK said “Scotland faces an increasing challenge from diabetes and its consequences for individuals, NHSScotland and our society as a whole. It is important that we remember that tight control of this disease, as recommended by this report, will only be achieved through education, information and support for those living with diabetes.”
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