Cost of neurological disease in US approaching $800 billion a year

EurekAlert! – More Americans are living longer and surviving chronic conditions like heart disease and cancer. Ironically, this triumph is also leading to a drastic rise in neurological disorders, which disproportionately attack the elderly.

Clifton Gooch, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, is the lead author of a study published in the Annals of Neurology that details the enormous cost of neurological diseases to the nation. The study can be found online at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ana.24897/abstract

Working with USF College of Public Health colleagues, Dr. Gooch looked at the nine most prevalent and costly diagnosed neurological disorders and found the annual cost is staggering, totaling nearly $800 billion. By 2030, $600 billion will be spent treating stroke and dementia alone.

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