The indirect costs of Pediatric stroke

Research by Dr.Plumb from Children’s Medical Center in Dallas looks at the median out-of-pocket cost for the families in the first year following a pediatric stroke. These costs not covered by health insurance include lost wages, home care, transportation costs, and hotel rooms. Lost wages was seen to account for the largest percentage of the out-of-pocket costs.

From a clinical standpoint clinicians including physical and occupational therapists need to discuss with the patients family the impact of these indirect costs.

The research was supported by National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke the Perot Center for Brain and Nerve Injury at Children’s Medical Center.
Telerehabilitation provided by the HandTutor, ArmTutor and LegTutor may help top limit the indirect costs of physical rehabilitation.

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