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Kiekens and colleagues (2011) examined the 2006 cost of SCI inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation in Belgium using data from literature, administrative data as well as clinical opinion. The authors focused on the direct costs borne by the rehabilitation providers and payments made by the public funder. The total incident costs including staff and overhead costs stratified by type of injury and inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation is presented below.

Table 7: Mean costs of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation by level of injury as reported in Kiekens et al. (2011)

Mean costs
Inpatient rehabilitation Outpatient rehabilitation

In Belgium, mean cost for inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation is approximately $46,000 and $7,900 for paraplegia and approximately $71,000 and $10,700 for tetraplegia, respectively.