Parkinson's Disease  /  Economic Burden

As many as 1 million Americans live with Parkinson's disease. It is estimated that about 50,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed in the US every year. This disease is costly and devastating, costing around billion per year or ,626 per patient per year, often leading to disability and death. 

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    • The cost of nursing homes for Parkinson’s patients totaled $5 billion in 2010.  
    • Medical expenses for Parkinson’s alone costs $8.1 billion or $12,800 per person in 2010.  
    • Therapeutic surgery for those with Parkinson’s can cost approximately $100,000 per patient.  
    • Parkinson’s disease cost our nation $25 billion each year in direct and indirect costs.  
    • In addition to the estimated $14.4 billion a year in costs for Parkinson’s disease to the nation, an additional $6.3 billion in indirect costs (missed work or loss of job…  
    • Individuals with Parkinson’s disease in 2010 incurred medical expenses of $22,800 per patient (in PD-related expenses)–$12,800 higher than someone without the disease.  
    • The national economic burden of Parkinson’s disease in 20130 exceeded $14.4 billion–approximately $22,800 per patient.  
    • Drug therapy for Parkinson’s disease costs more than $6 billion a year. Costs such as rehabilitation and home care can run as high as $150,000 per patient, per year.