Europees rapport ‘At what cost? The economic impact of Stroke in Europe’ gepubliceerd.

In the Economic Impact of Stroke in Europe, SAFE set out to identify the full costs of stroke, including economic, societal and social costs. This will enable SAFE and our members to develop a robust case for investment in stroke prevention, care and rehabilitation.

The research was undertaken by the Health Economics Research Centre, University of Oxford and investigates the full current and full costs of stroke across the European Union plus Iceland, Israel, Norway, Switzerland and the UK.

At What Cost – the Economic Impact of Stroke in Europe report adds to the existing evidence that shows stroke care is woefully underfunded. The research shows that the total cost (health care, social care, informal care and productivity losses) of stroke care was €60 billion in 2017. Future costs of stroke care in Europe could increase to €86 billion in 2040 if we fail to invest in stroke prevention, treatments and rehabilitation.

The research was completed before COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, services have been diverted away from non-infectious conditions, including stroke care, therefore the projected costs in our report are likely to be even higher.


The report covers:

  • current cost of stroke along the whole stroke care pathway, including direct healthcare costs, the costs of informal care and productivity losses due to disability or death from stroke
  • projected future stroke costs for the next 20 years
  • analysis of three interventions in the latest stroke guidelines
    • the treatment of atrial fibrillation to prevent stroke,
    • mechanical thrombectomy (the clot retrieval from the blood vessel in the brain) in the acute phase of stroke
    • community-based rehabilitation after stroke.

The report concludes that no matter at which point in the stroke pathway you intervene – prevention, treatment, long-term care – there’s likely to be gains to be had in terms of patient outcomes and cost savings.


Find the full report here: