Health Economics Study to Examine Financial Impact of Chronic IH
Health economics researchers from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington and Gonzaga University in Washington State are currently working with the IH Registry to establish the economic burden of chronic intracranial hypertension on both affected individuals and society, in order to raise awareness of IH among public policy makers and the general public.
Data from this study is also expected to help illuminate chronic intracranial hypertension among medical professionals and its impact in the health care world.
Both the direct and indirect costs of chronic IH will be evaluated. Direct costs include expenses from doctors’ visits, medical procedures and surgeries, hospitalizations and medication. Indirect costs are expenses that are indirectly related to being sick. These may include loss of wages and employment, loss of health insurance and uncovered ancillary expenses such as child care.
Since there is so little statistical information about chronic IH, these numbers could provide significant evidence for generating statistical data about the overall financial effects of chronic IH on an individual, a family and on society.