Costs of Treatment for a Child with Cerebral Palsy

Costs of Treatment for a Child with Cerebral Palsy

Over the Course of a Lifetime, Millions of Dollars may be Needed

Depending on the type of cerebral palsy diagnosed, a child with CP may need a wide-variety of treatments, assistive devices, medicines, therapies and surgeries. The costs of these treatments may, in part, be covered by an insurance company, Medicaid or other sources but many of the best treatments will not. Furthermore, in addition to the daily time it takes to care for a child with special needs, it can be a full-time job to take a child with CP to so many specialists. Working full or even part-time may be incredibly challenging in such a scenario.

Because CP has such a wide-variety of associated symptoms and the severity of associated disabilities can vary widely from person to person, your situation must be carefully analyzed to determine the costs of care. However, some general information may help you predict the costs of care for a child with CP.

Direct Costs

The family of an individual with CP will incur significant expenses related to medical care, education services, developmental assistance, assisted living and other special needs. According to the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Foundation, approximately 764,000 children and adults are living with CP. The condition is the most common developmental disability amongst children in the United States.

The Center for Disease Control estimates the lifetime costs to care for a child with the condition are well over 1 million dollars. Depending on the particular challenges a child faces, these costs can be significantly higher over the course of their life.

Indirect Costs

In addition to the direct costs for treatment that may include hospitalization, in-home nursing care or rehabilitation in an assisted-living facility, indirect costs may also be significant. Some of these costs may include:

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