Saturday, June 23, 2007

The Cost of Neurological Diseases, Disorders, and Injuries

From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:

Neurological conditions cost Canada nearly $9B a year: report
Last Updated: Friday, June 22, 2007 | 5:02 PM ET
CBC News

Neurological conditions such as stroke and Alzheimer's disease cost Canada nearly $9 billion a year in direct costs, say neurologists who warn the health-care system may not be able to handle increased costs of an aging population.

Early diagnosis of neurological diseases will help reduce long-term costs, says Dr. Charles Tator.

Friday's report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, titled The Burden of Neurological Diseases, Disorders and Injuries in Canada is a consensus report by neurologists who tallied the costs of 11 conditions they treat:

Alzheimer's disease
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease)
Brain tumours
Cerebral palsy
Head injury
Multiple sclerosis
Parkinson's disease
Spinal injuries

The conditions represent an estimated almost seven per cent of the total attributable cost of illness in Canada in 2000-01, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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Steph C said...

Mental disorders, i.e. depression, schizophrenia, are also neurological brain diseases. I wonder why they've been excluded.

Stitcher said...

I agree Steph. Mental Illness/Health is far too often excluded. I have PD and Depression is a big part of PD, as are cognitive issues.