Financial aspects of heart failure programs of care

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As suggested by studies that have examined the economic burden imposed by heart failure and, more specifically where the greatest expenditure occurs, the key to cost-effectively minimising the impact of a sustained heart failure epidemic is to minimise recurrent hospital use-even at the expense of increasing levels of community-based care and prescribed pharmacotherapy [Mark DB. Economics of treating heart failure. Am J Cardiol 1997;80:33H-38H; Weintraub WS, Cole J, Tooley JF. Cost and cost-effectiveness studies in heart failure research. Am Heart J 2002;143:565-76]. This paper examines the potential cost-benefits of applying specialist heart failure programs of care and the range of financial issues that need to be considered when establishing a formal heart failure service.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-428
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Heart Failure
Issue number3 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes



  • Chronic heart failure
  • Cost
  • Programs of care

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