The Costs of Keeping Cool for Australians with Multiple Sclerosis

14 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2013

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George Verikios

Monash University - Centre of Policy Studies

Michael P. Summers

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Rex D. Simmons

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: March 2013

Abstract

Heat intolerance is a significant medical problem affecting people with multiple sclerosis (MS). For people with MS, the costs of running their air conditioners are an additional disease‐related expense that must be met on top of other out‐of‐pocket disease‐related expenses. Using the results of the 2008 Keeping Cool Survey, we estimate the relative economic disadvantage faced by MS households in trying to keep cool. We find that MS households spend around four times more on keeping cool than average Australian households. Sensitivity analysis indicates that our results are robust with respect to all key inputs and parameters.

Suggested Citation

Verikios, George and Summers, Michael P. and Simmons, Rex D., The Costs of Keeping Cool for Australians with Multiple Sclerosis (March 2013). Australian Economic Review, Vol. 46, Issue 1, pp. 45-58, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2227246 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8462.2013.00714.x

George Verikios (Contact Author)

Monash University - Centre of Policy Studies ( email )

Clayton, Vic 3800
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.monash.edu.au/policy/

Michael P. Summers

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Rex D. Simmons

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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