Hepatitis Australia's mission is to ensure the needs of Australians affected by, or at risk of, viral hepatitis are met. The hepatitis C virus attacks the liver and can lead to a long-term, potentially life-threatening liver disease. The very low level of hepatitis C treatment in Australia contributes to a growing burden of disease and rising health care costs.
This report comes at a critical time. The outlook is bright for many people living with hepatitis C. New hepatitis C medications with significantly improved cure rates are becoming a reality after many years of minimal change in the treatment landscape.
The report concludes that investment in new hepatitis C treatment will cure more people of a chronic and costly condition and provide substantial economic benefits for society in the long term.
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