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Gaceta Sanitaria

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SOTO-GORDOA, Myriam et al. The cost of applying the dependency law to Alzheimer disease. Gac Sanit [online]. 2014, vol.28, n.5, pp.389-392. ISSN 0213-9111.

Aim: To calculate the formal cost of social care for people with Alzheimer disease according to the implementation of the dependency law in Gipuzkoa (Spain). Method: A retrospective observational study was carried out of the database of the Dependency Care Services of Gipuzkoa from 2007 to 2012, using a prevalence-based bottom-up approach. Results: The average annual formal cost per person was €11,730. The annual population cost was €34.7 million, representing 19% of the annual expenditure corresponding to the dependency law and 29% of the total cost of Alzheimer disease. Conclusions: Despite the implementation of the new law, most of the burden of the disease is bourne by the family.

Keywords : Alzheimer's disease; Dependency; Costs; Social services.

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