Statistics can help provide a better understanding of the medical and economic impact of strokes. For example, strokes cost the United States $28 billion just in medical care and therapy; the total cost of strokes is much higher -- estimated at $43 billion annually. Other statistics on stroke show that about 40 percent of stroke survivors will experience moderate to severe impairments that require special care.
Statistics on the Cost of a StrokeBelow are some stroke statistics related to the cost of strokes:
- Total cost of stroke to the United States: estimated at about $43 billion per year
- Direct costs for medical care and therapy: estimated at about $28 billion per year
- Indirect costs from lost productivity and other factors: estimated at about $15 billion per year
- Average cost of care for a patient up to 90 days after a stroke: $15,000
- For 10 percent of patients, cost of care for the first 90 days after a stroke: $35,000
- Percentage of direct cost of care for the first 90 days:
- Initial hospitalization = 43 percent
- Rehabilitation = 16 percent
- Physician costs = 14 percent
- Hospital readmission = 14 percent
- Medications and other expenses = 13 percent.
The Effects of a Stroke
Below are some stroke statistics related to the effects of stroke. These statistics are from the National Stroke Association:
- 10 percent of stroke survivors recover almost completely
- 25 percent recover with minor impairments
- 40 percent experience moderate to severe impairments that require special care
- 10 percent require care in a nursing home or other long-term facility
- 15 percent die shortly after the stroke.
In addition, approximately 14 percent of stroke survivors experience a second stroke in the first year following a stroke.