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Vol. 19, No. 2, 2000
Issue release date: March–April 2000
Section title: Original Paper
Neuroepidemiology 2000;19:87–99
(DOI:10.1159/000026243)

Cost of Illness of Epilepsy in the US: Comparison of Patient-Based and Population-Based Estimates

Halpern M. · Rentz A. · Murray M.
MEDTAP International, Bethesda, Md., USA

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Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 2/18/2000

Number of Print Pages: 13
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 7

ISSN: 0251-5350 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0208 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/NED

Abstract

Purpose: To analyze the direct medical costs associated with epilepsy in the US using a cost-of-illness analysis that incorporates both a patient-based approach and a population-based approach. Methods: Patient-based or ‘bottom-up’ analysis relied on information provided by a panel of experienced epilepsy clinicians to determine the number and type of medical resources used by individuals with epilepsy. Population-based or ‘top-down’ analysis relied on cost estimates from a nationally representative sample in the 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey. Results: The average annual cost per individual in the patient-based analysis was $1,490. The average annual cost per individual in the population-based analysis was $1,510 with average yearly costs per adult of $1,480 and $1,740 per child. New cases of epilepsy are associated with costs of $362 million for the first year of treatment; existing cases of epilepsy are estimated to cost the US nearly $2 billion. Conclusions: The results of this study indicate incident cases are more than twice as expensive as prevalent cases, and the need to properly care for epilepsy patients is increasingly important in today’s health care environment, where the emphasis is on providing effective treatments while simultaneously lowering the costs.


  

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Michael Halpern
MEDTAP International, 7101 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 600
Bethesda, MD 20814 (USA)
Tel. +1 301 654 9729, Fax +1 301 654 9864
E-Mail halpern@medtap.com

  

Article Information

Number of Print Pages : 13
Number of Figures : 0, Number of Tables : 7, Number of References : 12

  

Publication Details

Neuroepidemiology
Founded 1982 by B.S. Schoenberg, continued by M. Alter (1989–1996)

Vol. 19, No. 2, Year 2000 (Cover Date: March-April 2000)

Journal Editor: P.B. Gorelick, Chicago, Ill.
ISSN: 0251–5350 (print), 1423–0208 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/journals/ned


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 2/18/2000

Number of Print Pages: 13
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 7

ISSN: 0251-5350 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0208 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/NED


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