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Chronic Pain May Cost U.S. $635 Billion a Year
Date:9/14/2012

States was at least $560 billion and possibly as high as $635 billion, according to a release from the American Pain Society.

Broken down, the total incremental costs of health care resulting from chronic pain ranged from $261 billion to $300 billion. And the costs associated with lost productivity ranged from $299 billion to $334 billion. Although the per-person cost of pain is less than the cost of other diseases, the researchers said the total cost of chronic pain is higher. They said the costs associated with chronic pain would be even greater if they took into account nursing home residents, military personnel, prisoners, children and caregivers.

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The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke provides more information on chronic pain.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: American Pain Society, news release, Sept. 11, 2012


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