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Published: 5 March 2019

Authors: Dr Lucy Telfar Barnard, Jane Zhang

The Impact of Respiratory Disease in New Zealand: 2018 Update, commissioned by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, reported that respiratory disease accounted for one in 10 overnight hospitalisations and costs the country more than $7 billion per year.

Six indicators were assessed for the report, including asthma, bronchiectasis, childhood bronchiolitis and pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and total respiratory disease.

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