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Medical expenditure of National Health Insurance attributable to smoking among the Korean population

 Lee Sang-Yi  ;  Jee Sun-Ha  ;  Kim Il-Soon  ;  Samet Jonathan M  ;  Lee Ja-Kyung  ;  Kim Su-Young  ;  Yun Ji-Eun 
 Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Vol.40(3) : 145-149, 2007 
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Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health
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Objectives : The purpose of this study was to determine the population-attributable risk (PAR) and estimate the total medical expenditure of the Korean National Health Insurance (KNHI) due to smoking. Methods : We used data from the Korean Cancer Prevention Study of 1,178,138 Koreans aged 30 to 95. These data were available from 1992 to 2003 and covered a long-term follow-up period among the Korean population. Results : The total medical expenditure of KNHI related to smoking increased by 27% from $324.9 million in 1999 to $413.7 million in 2003. By specific diseases, smokingattributable KNHI medical expenditure was the highest for lung cancer ($74.2 million), followed by stroke ($65.3 million), COPD ($50.1 million), CHD ($49 million) and stomach cancer ($30 million). A total of 1.3 million KNHI patients were suffering from smoking-related diseases in 2003. We predicted rises in total KNHI medical expenditure related to smoking to $675.1 million (63% increase compared with that of 2003) and in the total number of KNHI patients suffering from smoking-related diseases to about 2.6million (an approximate 100% increase compared with those in 2003) in 2015. Conclusions : We found a substantial economic burden related to the high smoking prevalence in South Korea.
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Yun, Ji Eun(윤지은)
Jee, Sun Ha(지선하) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9519-3068
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