Economic impact of epilepsy in Australia

Takeaway

  • The health, societal and economic burden of epilepsy in Australia is significant, with young people worst affected, but modest improvements in seizure freedom rates could increase the number of productive life years for affected working-age adults and reduce the overall health economic burden of disease.

Why this matters

  • People with epilepsy experience higher social, economic and healthcare resource costs versus those who do not have epilepsy.

  • Small improvements in epilepsy care and greater investment in new, more effective therapies has the potential to improve quality of life and outcomes for people with epilepsy during their most productive years, with a direct economic impact.