27 Nov '11, 12am

Call for Medisave to cover Parkinson's disease

Citing their research on Parkinson's disease, clinician-scientists - with an eye on the costs as the number of elderly people grows - are calling for the use of Medisave to manage the condition. These researchers from the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) had found and isolated a genetic variant of a gene called LRRK2. Significantly, this genetic variant is linked to a twofold increased risk of the disease among the majority Chinese population here. Background story $11,300 A YEAR TO TREAT PATIENT Research shows that it costs a patient with Parkinson's disease more than $11,300 a year to treat the affliction. With the estimate that some 3,300 people are already down with disease here, this means the yearly cost of treating it is about $37 million, or about 1 per cent of Singapore's total health-care budget. 'But this is merely the cost of medicines,' said Associate Pro...

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