Currently 1,000 babies are born with congenital CMV, costing the NHS, social services and educational services approximately £330m.
The remaining £420 million falls on the wider economy through lost work days, because parents are often unable to work while caring for a disabled child, as well as funding specialist equipment and therapies not available on the NHS.
We commissioned York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC) to estimate the economic costs of cCMV in the UK. The model provides a ‘snapshot’ of the estimated cost burdens of cCMV to the UK in the year 2016 (the most recent complete single year when the model was developed).
‘The Economic Cost of Congenital CMV in the UK’ was published in the British Medical Journal, Archives of Diseases in Childhood in November 2018.
Our report is based on the YHEC academic study and outlines the costs due to congenital CMV and our recommendations on how to reduce the cost burden.