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Costs of low uptake of hepatitis C treatment

 

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Costs of low uptake of hepatitis C treatment

A new study from Public Health England (PHE) published in the Journal of Hepatology has looked at the cost of increasing hepatitis C treatment uptake in England, and the impact this would have on disease burden.

National estimates suggest that around 160,000 individuals are chronically infected with hepatitis C in England. All hepatitis C-infected individuals have the right to access treatment, but despite national progress tackling the infection, just 28,000 people received treatment between 2006 and 2011, meaning only 3% of the chronically infected population access treatment each year.