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Currently, 9,000 people and their families live with MS throughout Ireland. This report shows that the average direct cost to a person with MS each year is €17,103, or €159 million in total, which includes spending on medical scans, doctor or hospital visits.
According to the research, people with MS require approximately 54,000 GP visits per year, spend more than 16,000 nights in hospital and make more than 1,500 emergency department visits annually.
Some 84 per cent of respondents visit their GP six times each year, while it was also revealed that people with MS account for about 21,800 neurology visits every year.
When it came to hospital resources, one fifth of those with MS spent up to eight nights as an inpatient.