Economic costs of informal care for people with chronic diseases in the community

Lost income, extra welfare payments, and reduced taxes in Australia in 2015–2030

Deborah Schofield, Rupendra N. Shrestha, Melanie J.B. Zeppel, Michelle M. Cunich, Robert Tanton, Jacob Lennert Veerman, Simon J. Kelly, Megan E. Passey

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We estimated the economic costs of informal care in the community from 2015 to 2030, using an Australian microsimulation model, Care&WorkMOD. The model was based on data from three Surveys of Disability, Ageing, and Carers (SDACs) for the Australian population aged 15–64 years old. Estimated national income lost was AU$3.58 billion in 2015, increasing to $5.33 billion in 2030 (49% increase). Lost tax payments were estimated at AU$0.99 billion in 2015, increasing to AU$1.44 billion in 2030 (45% increase), and additional welfare payments were expected to rise from $1.45 billion in 2015 to AU$1.94 in 2030 (34% increase). There are substantial economic costs both to informal carers and the government due to carers being out of the labour-force to provide informal care for people with chronic diseases. Health and social policies supporting carers to remain in the labour force may allow governments to make substantial savings, while improving the economic situation of carers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-501
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
Issue number2
Early online date2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


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