Reawakening Australia: The economic cost of sleep disorders in Australia
New sleep disorders research quantifies health care and indirect costs
More than 1.5 million Australian adults - 9% of the adult population - suffer from sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnoea, insomnia and restless leg syndrome. In total, sleep disorders cost the Australian economy more than $5.1 billion a year in health care and indirect costs.
Of the more than $800 million of direct health system costs annually, $270 million is spent caring for sleep disorders with another $540 million spent in health care costs for associated conditions. Of the $4.3 billion per year of indirect costs, $3.1 billion relate to lost productivity with a further $650 million related to informal care and other indirect costs associated with motor vehicle and workplace accidents.
This report by Deloitte Access Economics, undertaken for the Sleep Health Foundation - a not-for-profit organisation set up to raise awareness of the issues associated with sleep disorders - also quantifies the contribution of sleep disorders to other diseases and injuries including depression, stroke, workplace injuries and motor accidents.
The report is structured as follows:
|Section 1:||Sleep disorders in Australia – prevalence, in children, relation to other health conditions and risk of accidents|
|Section 2:||Population attributable factors – methodology, cardiovascular disease, depression, injuries|
|Section 3:||Health costs of sleep disorders|
|Section 4||Indirect costs – productivity, informal care, other costs of motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, deadweight loss|
|Section 5:||Burden of disease – methodology, disability weights, loss in the stock of health capital|
|Section 6:||Cost effectiveness of CPAP – description, safety and efficacy of CPAP therapy|
|Section 7:||Comparisons and opportunities|