The Cost of Neurological Diseases, Disorders, and Injuries
Neurological conditions cost Canada nearly $9B a year: report
Last Updated: Friday, June 22, 2007 | 5:02 PM ET
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:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease)
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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