catastrophic illness


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A morbid condition that results in health care costs that exceed a person’s income, or which compromise financial independence, reducing him/her to subsistence or near-poverty levels. Catastrophic illnesses are usually life-threatening and may leave significant residual disability—e.g., AIDS, major burns, trauma with residual paralysis or coma, and terminal cancer

catastrophic illness

 A morbid condition that results in health care costs that exceed a person's income, or which compromise financial independence, reducing him/her to subsistence or near-poverty levels; CIs are usually life-threatening and may leave significant residual disability–eg, AIDS, major burns, trauma with residual paralysis or coma, and terminal CA

catastrophic illness

An unusually prolonged or complex illness, esp. one that causes severe organ dysfunction or threatens life. Catastrophic illnesses often make exceptional demands on patients, caregivers, families, and health care resources.
See also: illness
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Subjects having low household income and catastrophic illness were associated with CVD ( P < 0.001 and P = 0.037).
Objective Identifying trends in catastrophic illness patterns as well as determinant factors of variation due to pathology and type of mandatory contribution regime in people affiliated to SaludCoop (a health promoting company forming part of Colombian's health and social security system).
As far as the classification of catastrophic illnesses is concerned, it should be noted that certain transport costs or drugs might become might be catastrophic whilst the costs of some chronic illnesses could be borne by the household.
They want the ability to tailor insurance coverage to specific groups and to see the state approve a basic policy that covers only catastrophic illness, rather than mandated universal coverage.
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The organization's objective is to respond to cases of catastrophic illness or injury where all insurance benefits and other sources of aid are insufficient.
Factor into your plans adequate funds for emergencies and unplanned expenses such as unemployment, catastrophic illness or necessary home repairs.
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