Substantial health costs in treating UC

Health spending on patients with ulcerative colitis averages almost $12,000 a year, according to the first study to quantify the costs of the disease in Australia.

According to data from 175 UC patients recruited across several Australian states the mean three-month UC-related healthcare cost per patient was $2,914.

However the figure was sensitive to disease severity, with costs spiralling to $4,162 every three months for patients with moderate  to severe UC, the authors from a dozen Australian hospitals found