Extra costs for disabled people

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7023.122c (Published 13 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:122
  1. Richard Hull,
  2. Andrew O Frank
  1. Consultant rheumatologist Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, Portsmouth PO6 3LY
  2. Consultant in rheumatology and rehabilitation Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3UJ

    EDITOR,—Claudia Court reports on a survey of the funding of care for disabled people.1 We have shown the extensive costs of disability for the individual and the state: in a study of 173 appreciably or severely disabled people living in the community the mean cost of capital equipment and adaptations was pounds sterling5700 to individuals and their families and pounds sterling4500 to statutory bodies at 1993 prices.2 The costs to the individual were not apparently related to income from employment or state allowances. …

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