The Costs of Keeping Cool for Australians with Multiple Sclerosis

George Verikios, Michael Summers, Rex D Simmons, Zanfina Ademi

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Heat intolerance is a significant medical problem affecting people with Multiple Sclerosis. For people with MS, the costs of running their air conditioners are an additional disease-related expense that must be met on top of other out-of-pocket disease-related expenses. Using the results of the 2008 Keeping Cool Survey, we estimate the relative economic disadvantage faced by MS households in trying to keeping cool. We find that MS households spend around ten times more on keeping cool than the average Australian household. Sensitivity analysis indicates that our results are robust with respect to all key parameters, across regions and nationally. Our results suggest that energy rebates for heat intolerant persons currently in place in Victoria and Western Australia should be implemented in other Australian states and territories.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationClayton VIC Australia
PublisherMonash University
Commissioning bodyMultiple Sclerosis Research Australia (trading as National Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation Limited)
Number of pages38
ISBN (Print)0732615976
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009

Publication series

NameCentre of Policy Studies and the Impact
PublisherMonash University , General Paper No. G-190 August 2009
ISSN (Electronic)1031-9034


  • cooling costs
  • economic disadvantage
  • energy rebates
  • heat intolerance
  • multiple sclerosis

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