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CoPaQ: Measuring health care costs for patients

Tool to measure health care costs for patients.

CoPaQ is a questionnaire to collect data on health care costs for patients.

Authors: Blanchard Conombo, Lucien Coulibaly, Alice Dragomir, Jason R. Guertin, Abakar Idriss-Hassan, Maude Laberge (corresponding author), Thomas Poder

Why use CoPaQ?

Patient health care costs refer to the out-of-pocket costs not reimbursed by insurance companies. These costs must stem directly from the necessary care and services used in treatment, or be related to the impact of the patient’s health condition on their daily life during the period in question. In addition to distinguishing between direct and indirect costs, CoPaQ also distinguishes between patient costs and those of their loved ones.

The purpose of this document is to provide instructions on how to estimate these costs, grouped by type.

Who can use CoPaQ?

Anyone who wishes to estimate the patient’s out-of-pocket costs for health care and services using CoPaQ can consult the user guide (in French only) and fill out the CoPaQ questionnaire. Patient-specific results can be added to results associated with other areas to create a social overview.

The CoPaQ user’s guide can be used by research teams and independent researchers.