Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Cost of a Seizure

I received my copy of Epilepsy Advocate today (check out page 18 of the Fall 2010 issue) and wanted to share some numbers...

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$9.6 billion
Annual epilepsy related expenses in the U.S., including medical expenditures and informal care
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$1,800
Average cost per day for U.S. hospital admission of a person with epilepsy/convulsion
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$707
Average cost of an emergency department visit
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$317,000
Average lifetime wages lost by men who continue to have seizures
$140,000
Average lifetime wages lost by women who continue to have seizures
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86%
Increase in hospitalization among people with epilepsy who do not take medication regularly
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$33,006
Average annual cost incurred by people with epilepsy who made frequent ER visits due to uncontrolled seizures. Patients whose seizures were controlled spent 80% less per year.
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Now those are some damn good reasons to fund research and to get seizure smart today.

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