Impact on personal finances
These factors do not just affect the healthcare system financially though. They impact individuals on a financial level as well. Patients and their families in Europe pick up about 40% of the healthcare related costs for MS. For some, this burden cannot be coped with. The financial burden that families take on when a loved one is battling MS is astronomical and can really affect quality of life. One study published by the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine looks at this burden. By interviewing 16 healthcare professionals and 26 people with MS they were able to analyze how financial struggles affected their quality of life. The threat of losing or actual loss of their income was a significant stressor for people.