Clinical Neuroscience

[Epidemiology, cost and economic impact of cerebral palsy in Hungary]

FEJES Melinda1, VARGA Beatrix2, HOLLÓDY Katalin3

MARCH 30, 2019

Clinical Neuroscience - 2019;72(03-04)


[Objective - The purpose of our communication was to determine the total cost of cerebral paretic patients in Hungary between 0 and 18 years and to assess their impact on the national budget. Methods - Based on the data of Borsod county we calculated the CP characteristics. The cost of CP was determined by routine care of individuals. Lost Parental Income and Tax were calculated on the basis of average earnings. The ratio of GDP, Health and Social Budget and Health Budget to CP is based on CP annual average cost and frequency. We have developed a repeatable computational model. Results - Of the risk groups, premature birth (30.97%), low birth weight (29.64%), perinatal asphyxia (19.47%) were the most common. Source is unknown of 37.61% of the cases. CP prevalence was 2.1‰. The two-sided (59.7%) and the one-sided (19.0%) spastic pareses dominated. The most serious form is the two-sided spastic paresis (42.5% GMFCS 3-5 degrees). Epilepsy was 22.0%, incontinence was 27%, mental involvement was 46%. Care for one child up to 18 years of age costs an average of 73 million HUF (€ 251,724). The lost family income was 27.36 million HUF (€ 94,345), and lost tax and health care contributions were 14.46 million HUF (€ 49,862). Additionally, 0.525% of the GDP, 0.88% of the full health and social budget and 1.83% of direct medical costs were spent for CP families. Conclusion - The cost of CP disease is significant. Costs can be reduced by improving primary prevention. From the perspective of the family and government, it is better to care for families so they can take care of their disabled children.]


  1. Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén Megyei Központi Kórház, Velkey László Gyermek-egészségügyi Központ, Miskolc
  2. Miskolci Egyetem, Gazdaságtudományi Tanszék, Pénzügyi és Számviteli Intézet, Miskolc
  3. Pécsi Egyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, Gyermekgyógyászati Klinika, Pécs



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