The economic cost of spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury in Australia
Access Economics Report for the Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative
Traumatic brain (TBI) and spinal cord injury (SCI) are debilitating injuries that have a life-long impact on the injured person. While they are relatively uncommon injuries, patients are typically injured at a young age and are disabled for the remainder of their lives.
The lifetime cost of new cases of brain and spinal cord injury occurring in 2008 alone is $10.5 billion in Australia. The largest cost is attributed to burden of disease however direct costs, such as provision of attendant care and healthcare services, are also significant.
This report quantifies the economic impact and burden of disease of TBI/SCI. It also compares the economic impact and disease burden of TBI and SCI to other conditions and models the potential impact of improved TBI/SCI management strategies on the economic cost and burden of disease.
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