Health Care Costs of Domestic Violence Against Women - Evidence from Portugal

27 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2008  

Pedro P. Barros

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Manuel Lisboa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Dalila Cerejo

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Eliana Barrenho

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: July 15, 2008

Abstract

Our main objective is to estimate the additional health care costs to the Portuguese National Health Service (NHS) due to domestic violence against women. The results suggest that the victims of domestic violence's additional demand for health care is valued 140 euros per annum, that is about 22% higher than health care costs of non-victims. These results match those of similar studies for the United States, taking into account of per capita differences in health care spending. A large proportion (90%) of the additional costs associated with domestic violence is supported by the NHS, where consultations and drugs are the most important contributors of such costs. Health consequences of domestic violence results from losses in quality of life and worst health status of victims and correspond to additional permanent economic costs of domestic violence episodes.

Keywords: domestic violence, health care costs

JEL Classification: I18

Suggested Citation

Barros, Pedro P. and Lisboa, Manuel and Cerejo, Dalila and Barrenho, Eliana, Health Care Costs of Domestic Violence Against Women - Evidence from Portugal (July 15, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1160306 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1160306

Pedro Luis Pita Barros (Contact Author)

Universidade Nova de Lisboa ( email )

Campus de Campolide
Lisboa, 1099-032
Portugal
+351 21 383 3624 (Phone)
+351 21 388 6073 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://ppbarros.fe.unl.pt

Manuel Lisboa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Dalila Cerejo

Universidade Nova de Lisboa ( email )

Lisbon, 1099-085
Portugal

Eliana Barrenho

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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