Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Is parkinson an expensive disease?

teokimhoeJoined: 03 Mar 2007Posts: 123Location: Malaysia
Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:26 pm Post subject: Is Parkinson treatment an expensive?

As parkinson's is a chronic disease. It is not ageing disease PD patients are different from what we define themself as "patient" i.e only during acute, self-limited illness or injury that temporarily impact their lives as an inconvenience or comfort. It is estimated out of 2-3% at the age above 50 years old are Parkinson disease sufferers. Unfortunately we are shortage of PD specialists. As the result some are wrongly diagnosed as a process of ageing. There are reasons that the treatment on Parkinson an expensive: First, PD is a progressive disease, getting worse over time, so that the medications and doses that work well early in the disease are insufficient later on. Second, the most effective drugs have long-term side effects that are troubling and difficult to control. Third, there are a lot of different treatment options, and finding the right combination can be time consuming. Fourth, the PD patient is likely being treated for other conditions associated with advancing age, and these conditions or their treatment may interfere with treatment of PD.

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