Ann Rehabil Med.  2018 Oct;42(5):722-729. 10.5535/arm.2018.42.5.722.

Cost of Rehabilitation Treatment of Patients With Cerebral Palsy in Korea

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, National Health Insurance Service Ilsan Hospital, Ilsan, Korea.
  • 2Department of Statistics, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Inje University Ilsan Paik Hospital, Ilsan, Korea. halwayskim@gmail.com

Abstract


OBJECTIVE
To investigate rehabilitation treatment cost of patients with cerebral palsy (CP) according to age.
METHODS
We analyzed the cost of rehabilitation treatment from 2007 to 2013 for patients diagnosed with CP by sourcing data from the National Health Information Database.
RESULTS
While the number of recently born children requiring rehabilitation treatment has decreased, the number of patients requiring this treatment in other age groups has gradually increased. In addition, annual physical therapy, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy, and botulinum toxin injection treatment costs per person have increased. On the other hand, the number of orthopedic surgeries and selective dorsal rhizotomy performed has decreased.
CONCLUSION
This study investigated trends in the cost of treatment for patients with CP. This study can be used as a basis to provide treatment support for patients with CP.

Keyword

Cerebral palsy; Rehabilitation; Health care costs
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