UK Study Reveals Real Cost of MS

A new study made in the United Kingdom reveals a surprising fact in terms of the real economic effects of multiple sclerosis and on the people having to live with this incurable disease. The said independent research study is one of the largest ever conducted that deals with the financial impact of living with MS.

According to the study, with about 85,000 of the people living with MS, the cost of being diagnosed with MS stands at an average of 17,000 UK pounds per person annually. This can be translated as a total expense of about 1.4 billion pounds to the economy. This statistic makes it second to tumors as the most costly brain condition all across Europe.

Aside from that, the study also revealed that half of the 2,000 respondents to the UK study survey said that they would leave work due to MS. This brings up the cost per person per year to 25,000 pounds if unemployment enters the equation.

The cost analysis study was conducted through independent research by Dr. Paul McCrone of King’s College London for MS Society. The results of the study were published on a peer reviewed journal Pharmacoeconomics.

Dr. McCrone added, "The costs associated with MS are substantial. Most of the service costs are hidden as they represent care provided by family members. It is crucial that evaluations of any new treatments or forms of care should assess their impact on carer costs as well as the costs of statutory services."

The numbers still show some of the startling costs associated with living and surviving with multiple sclerosis. According to Daniel Berry, head of policy and campaigns at the MS Society, "It has been proven to be economically viable to keep people with MS as healthy as possible and in work for as long as possible and this study shows how cutting corners in health and social care is counter productive."

"At a time when the government is running headlong into even more debt, these figures underline the enormous costs of inaction. Long term investment in research and in support for carers would pay dividends for people living with MS and for the whole economy."



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