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National physician organization supports Capps-Rogers Bill at today's congressional briefing
Date:11/8/2007

Society, the American Headache Society, and the American Society of Anesthesiologistshave helped to garnered support for the bill. Pain Care Coalition members met with potential supporters and their staffs and urged them to join the bill as co-sponsors. To date, a formal consensus statement has been signed by more than 100 organizations.

Millions of Americans suffer from acute or chronic pain every year and the effects of pain exact a tremendous cost on our country in health care costs, rehabilitation, and lost worker productivity as well as the emotional and financial burden it places on patients and their families. The costs of unrelieved pain can result in longer hospital stays, increased rates of rehospitalization, increased outpatient visits, and decreased ability to function fully leading to lost income and insurance coverage. As such, patients unrelieved chronic pain problems often result in an inability to work and maintain health insurance. Reduced productivity due to pain costs employers somewhere between $60 and $100 billion annually, yet NIH spends only 1% of its funding on research focused primarily on pain.


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American Academy of Pain Medicine
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