The cost of epilepsy and epileptic seizures

The Financial Burden of Epilepsy

Epilepsy and Seizures not only take an emotional and physical toll, but they are also a heavy financial burden. The cost of medications alone every month is between $1,000 and $3,000 (and sometimes more). The financial costs of epilepsy don’t end with medications – there is a wide-range of possible other costs, including travel to see specialists, buying safety equipment and communication devices, and funding a specific diet.

Here are some figures reported in Epilepsy Advocate Magazine, Fall 2010 issue (sources linked in article):

  • The United States spends approximately $15.5 BILLION annually on epilepsy-related expenses including medical expenditures and informal care.
  • The average cost of an emergency department visit related to epilepsy is $707
  • $33,006 is the average annual cost incurred by people with epilepsy who made frequent ER visits due to uncontrolled seizures.
  • $1,800 is the average cost per day for U.S. hospital admission of a person with epilepsy/convulsions.
  • $317,000 is the average lifetime wages lost by men who continue to have seizures
  • $140,000 is the average lifetime wages lost by women who continue to have seizures
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