Abstract: Background: There is lack of information of the hospital costs related to depression. Here, we compare the costs associated with general hospital admissions over 2 years between older men with and without a documented past history of depression.Methods: A community-based cohort of older men living in Perth, Western Australia, was assessed at baseline between 2001 and 2004 and followed up for 2 years by prospective data linkage. The participants were selected randomly from the Australia electoral roll

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