Table 3

Estimates of total annual healthcare costs for children in the UK aged 1–5 yrs with wheeze or asthma in 1998/1999 according to care received#

Primary and secondary million GBPPrimary plus treatment million GBPPrimary alone million GBPTotal million GBP
Children n25855378555271659
GP consultations2.6622.369.23
Practice nurse consultations0.13
Prescription items0.6910.08
A&E attendances0.11
In-patient days6.29
Outpatient department attendances1.20
  • GBP: UK pounds

  • GP: general practitioner

  • A&E: accident and emergency department

  • #: 47,304 received neither primary nor secondary care