SHOCK COST OF STROKE

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews -

NEW figures from the Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion re­veal that the UK’s cur­rent an­nual cost of stroke is £26 bil­lion; a three­fold in­crease from the pre­vi­ous es­ti­mated cost of £9 bil­lion.

The UK’s lead­ing stroke char­ity is warn­ing that, with­out im­me­di­ate ac­tion, this fig­ure is likely to triple to £75 bil­lion by 2035.

Re­search from 2009 pre­vi­ously es­ti­mated that stroke cost UK so­ci­ety around £9 bil­lion a year.

How­ever, the Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion’s latest re­port Cur­rent, fu­ture and avoid­able costs of stroke sug­gests that in­for­mal costs to fam­i­lies and car­ers have been sig­nif­i­cantly un­der­es­ti­mated.

The figures also pre­dict that a grow­ing and age­ing pop­u­la­tion, in­creas­ing num­bers of stroke sur­vivors, and ris­ing care costs are cru­cial fac­tors be­hind the in­creas­ing fi­nan­cial bur­den of stroke over the next 20 years.

The £26 bil­lion cost of stroke breaks down as: £1.6 bil­lion in lost pro­duc­tiv­ity £3.4 bil­lion in NHS care £5.2 bil­lion in for­mal so­cial care £15.8 bil­lion per year in in­for­mal care

The latest figures set the cost of stroke on a par with the fi­nan­cial bur­den of de­men­tia, which costs the UK £26.3 bil­lion each year.

Re­searchers now pre­dict that in less than 20 years’ time, stroke could cost our coun­try £75 bil­lion ev­ery

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