The Cost of Cerebral Palsy

The Cost of Cerebral Palsy

Access Economics has released a report (6 August 2008) on the economic impact of cerebral palsy in Australia.

Launched by the Hon Bill Shorten, MP, the report found that, in 2007, the financial cost of cerebral palsy (CP) in Australia was $1.47 billion or 0.14% of GDP. When the value of lost wellbeing (disability and premature death) was added, the cost rose a further $2.4 billion.

Access Economics estimates that 33,797 Australians had CP in 2007. At an annual financial cost of $43,431 per person, the cost to the individual is estimated at 36.7% of the total – or $306 per week.

Mr Shorten applauded CP Australia for commissioning the research, saying it would be a very powerful tool for anyone involved in the sector.

“Bringing together this data allows everyone involved in the sector to see where real inroads can be made."

“This Government is very much committed to looking for ways to ease the burden and improve the quality of life of our most marginalised members of society.”

The Federal Government shares the bulk of the financial burden, bearing approximately 32.8% of the financial cost of the condition.

Lynne Pezzullo, Director, Access Economics said ‘The analysis underscores the need for strategies in Australia to address CP and its impacts, including research, better diagnosis and early intervention, addressing health service delivery issues, employment initiatives, policies to assist carers, appropriate accommodation options, and financing reforms.’

Download the full report, The Economic Impact of Cerebral Palsy in Australia in 2007 (PDF 637 KB).