The economic impact of stroke in Australia
Scoping cost effective prevention
Deloitte Access Economics investigates the economic impact of stroke in Australia, and the scope for cost effective prevention and health interventions, for the National Stroke Foundation.
In 2012, there were over 420,000 people living with the effects of stroke. Two thirds of these people sustained a disability that impeded their ability to carry out activities of daily living unassisted. By 2032 there will be around 709,000 Australians living with stroke, or 2.4% of the population.
The total financial costs of stroke in Australia were estimated to be $5 billion in 2012. The largest cost component was productivity costs ($3 billion). Health costs also present a significant cost at $881 million. Carer costs were estimated as $222 million. However, the biggest impact of stroke is not the financial costs it causes, but the loss of healthy life and the total burden of disease cost in 2012 was $49.3 billion
Deloitte Access Economics was commissioned by the National Stroke Foundation to investigate the economic impact of stroke in Australia, and the scope for cost effective prevention and health interventions. These interventions include stroke prevention awareness campaigns and delivering timely, best practice acute care and rehabilitation to those who have suffered stroke.