Table 2

Asthma-related healthcare cost categories over 1 year of follow-up

Cost categoryCost per patient ($C), mean (SD); median (IQR)Percentage of total cost per patient*
Asthma ruled out
Medications146.4 (239.9); 28.2 (2.2–203.2)47.6
Primary care physician visits118.2 (292.6); 44.2 (0–88.4)38.4
Specialist physician visits27.9 (101.4)†9.1
Hospitalisations0 (0)†0.0
Emergency visits15.2 (69.1)†4.9
Total307.7 (424.1); 148.5 (44.7–369.0)100.0
Asthma confirmed
Medications280.7 (404.2); 92.6 (10.0–447.3)56.4
Primary care physician visits91.0 (125.7); 44.2 (44.2–132.6)18.3
Specialist physician visits73.1(257.6)†14.7
Hospitalisations39.2 (362.6)†7.9
Emergency visits13.9 (72.1)†2.8
Total497.9 (677.9); 237.6 (68.7–694.1)100.0
  • *Calculated using mean cost.

  • †The median cost is $C0 (IQR $C0–$C0).