The economic burden of epilepsy in Korea, 2010

Jaehun Jung, Hye Young Seo, Young Ae Kim, In Hwan Oh, Yo Han Lee, Seok Jun Yoon

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Objectives: The purposes of this study were to evaluate the prevalence of epilepsy and to estimate the cost of epilepsy in Korea, 2010. Methods: This study used a prevalence based approach to calculate the cost of epilepsy. Claims data from the Korean national health insurance and data from the Korea health panel, the Korea National Statistical Office's records of causes of death, and labor statistics were used to estimate the cost of epilepsy. Patients were defined as those who were hospitalized or visited an outpatient clinic during 2010 with a diagnosis of epilepsy (International Classification of Diseases 10th revision codes G40-G41). Total costs of epilepsy included direct medical costs, direct non-medical cost and indirect costs. Results: The annual prevalence of treated epilepsy was 228 per 100 000 population, and higher in men. The age-specific prevalence was highest for teenagers. The total economic burden of epilepsy was 536 billion Korean won (KW). Indirect cost (304 billion KW) was 1.3 times greater than direct cost (232 billion KW). By gender, the male (347 billion KW) were more burdened than the female (189 billion KW). The estimated cost in young age younger than 20 years old was 24.5% of the total burden of epilepsy. Conclusions: A significant portion of the economic burden of epilepsy is borne by people in young age. To reduce the economic burden of epilepsy, effective prevention and treatment strategies are needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-299
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Nov
Externally publishedYes


  • Cost of illness
  • Epilepsy
  • Prevalence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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