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Canadian Respiratory Journal
Volume 12, Issue 8, Pages 435-436
Brief Note

Urgent Care Costs of Uncontrolled Asthma in Canada, 2004

Soo Jin Seung1 and Nicole Mittmann1,2

1HOPE Research Centre, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Medicine, Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre, Canada
2Department of Pharmacology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Copyright © 2005 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


It has been more than a decade since Krahn evaluated the direct and indirect costs of asthma in Canada. Asthma is often uncontrolled and the cost of providing urgent care has not been determined. Hospitalizations, unscheduled physician visits, emergency department visits, drug treatments and ambulance rides are resources used by the uncontrolled asthmatic population, resulting in $162 million in costs annually. Improved control of asthma could decrease these costs.