Navigation Links
Treatment Cost for Arthritis on the Rise: Study

The amount Americans spent on arthritis medications more than doubled between 1998 and 2003, due to the fast-rising number of people// with the disease, increases in the number of medications they take each month and the inflation-adjusted cost per prescription, according to a new study led by a UCSF researcher.

Results from a six-year study of U.S. arthritis patients and the cost of arthritis medications and clinical treatments appear in the May 2007 issue of “Arthritis & Rheumatism,” the journal of the American College of Rheumatology.

The study was performed in response to a growing concern about the escalating costs of arthritis care as the U.S. population ages, according to Ed Yelin, PhD, a professor of rheumatology in the UCSF School of Medicine and lead author of the study. “Arthritis can be a highly debilitating disease that, as this study shows, presents a substantial cost to our society,” Yelin said. “We are also seeing a shift in the burden of that cost onto patients, who rely on Medicare to cover a large fraction of their inpatient care, but pay for a relatively larger share of their drug treatments from their own pockets.”

From 1997 to 2003, the number of Americans with arthritis or other rheumatic conditions rose 25 percent, due to the aging U.S. population, Yelin said, from 36.8 million adults to 46.1 million. Those numbers correspond to 18.7 percent and 21.5 percent of the population, respectively.

During the same period, the cost of prescription drugs to treat the condition nearly doubled, from $897.60 per patient per year to $1,638, Yelin said. The change was due to both an increase in the mean number of prescriptions each patient received (from 18.7 per year to 25.2) and a rise in the cost of each prescription from $48 to $65, after adjusting for inflation.

The study estimated total medical care expenditures incurred on behalf of those with musculoskeletal conditions as well as the increment in costs beyond what would be expected of people of the same ages in the absence of the conditions. Total expenditures increased between 1997 and 2003 by about $88 billion a year, to roughly $322 billion. The incremental expenditures increased by $16 billion a year, to about $81 billion.

However, the average increment in medical care expenditures for an individual with arthritis remained surprisingly stable – $1,762 in 1997 and $1,752 in 2003 – said Louise Murphy, PhD, at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a co-author of the study.

“In 2003, the costs attributable to arthritis were approximately 1 percent of the gross domestic product of the United States, which is equivalent to a low-grade, chronic recession,” Murphy said. “However, the growing economic toll is a result of the increase in numbers of people affected, rather than an increase in mean expenditures and earnings losses.”

That economic toll threatens to continue to escalate, she said, because the number of arthritis sufferers is projected to increase steadily to nearly 67 million by 2030. She called urgent attention to the need for cost-effective efforts to decrease medical expenses and increase the earning power of people with arthritis.

In 2003, employed adults with arthritis earned an average of $3,613 less than healthy working adults between the ages of 18 and 64. Nationwide, raw earnings losses due to arthritis totalled $108 billion, up from $99 billion in 1997.

Source-Eurekalet
SRM/V
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Advances in Treatment of Cataracts
2. Recommendations for Treatment of Blood Pressue
3. Treatment for Menieres disease
4. Treatment for pre-menstrual syndrome is ineffective
5. Better Treatment for obesity
6. Gene Treatment for Heart Disease
7. More People Seeking Treatment for Depression
8. Focused Treatment For Childhood Cancer
9. Inadequate Drug Treatment For Youth
10. FDA Approves New surgery Treatment for Farsightedness
11. Treatment of antibiotics ineffectual in bronchitis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh has posted a new publication this ... generation is a time like no other and society needs to understand the only way ... does not want to sound like an old bible beater because religion has a bad ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... Bionic Sports Nutrition LLC, an American company devoted to developing high-quality nutritional ... ECRM Trade Show in Hilton Head, SC. , Bionic Sports Nutrition manufactures its ... products to all clients at reasonable prices. At the ECRM trade show, it had ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... International Protein, a company based out of Australia that focuses on developing ... trade show in Hilton Head, SC. , International Protein was founded by Christine ... of products that would elevate her fitness regime. At this ECRM trade show, Envall ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... Vitamin Well ... VW+ 002. The drinks have been produced in collaboration with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and ... your workout. , After a successful launch in Sweden last year, the next ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... “Code Word: Chocolate Biscuit”: a biographical account following a man who went on to support ... author, Marlyn Ivey, born in Lynn Haven, Florida and at the age of 5, his ... of age, he joined the Navy and got married right out of boot camp. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... , Jan. 19, 2017 This report ... current and future scenario of the global market. Large ... opioid consumption. Severe chronic constipation is a major side ... traditional laxatives. Hence, novel targeted therapy has been prescribed ... sufferers, launch of targeted medicines, and growing awareness about ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... Incretin Mimetics/GLP-1 Agonists, SNDRIs, Lipase Inhibitors, Serotonin Receptor Agonists, Sympathomimetic-GABA ... drugs market is expected to grow at a CAGR of ... of 38.7% in the second half of the forecast period. The ... 2016 to 2027. The market is estimated at $1,058 million in ... ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... 2017  Abaxis, Inc. (NasdaqGS: ABAX ), ... and consumables for the medical and veterinary markets worldwide, ... results for the third quarter fiscal year 2017, ended ... p.m. ET on Thursday, January 26, 2017.  The Company ... year 2017 after the market closes on Thursday, January ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: