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Hanly, Paul and Walsh, Paul M and O Céilleachair, Alan and Skally, Mairead and Staines, Anthony and Kapur, Kanika and Fitzpatrick, Patricia and Sharp, Linda
Work-related productivity losses in an era of ageing populations: the case of colorectal cancer
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OBJECTIVE: We investigated patterns and costs of lost productivity due to colorectal cancer in Ireland and examined how rising pension ages affect these costs. METHODS: Data from a postal survey of colorectal cancer survivors (6 to 30 months after diagnosis; n=159), taken from March 2010 to January 2011, were combined with population-level survival estimates and national wage data to calculate temporary and permanent disability, and premature mortality, costs using the human capital approach. RESULTS: Almost 40\% of respondents left the workforce permanently after diagnosis and 90\% took temporary time off work. Total costs of lost productivity per person were 205,847 in 2008 assuming retirement at the age of 65. When the retirement age was raised to 70, productivity costs increased by almost a half. CONCLUSIONS: Our study demonstrated the considerable productivity costs associated with colorectal cancer and highlighted the effect of rising retirement ages on costs.
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