Osteoarthritis: Socioeconomic impact basics

27 million Americans have osteoarthritis (OA).

Direct medical costs resulting from OA total $185 billion a year in the U.S.

  • insurers pay $149.4 billion
  • patients pay $36.1 billion out-of-pocket
    • Avg. woman: $1,400 a year
    • Avg. man: $700 a year

Osteoarthritis affects:

  • 25-30% of persons aged 45-64 years
  • 60% of persons older than 65 years
  • Over 80% of persons older than 75 years

Chance you will develop OA in at least one knee: 46%

Between 1996 and 2006:

  • cost of arthritis meds rose from $4.2 to $13.2 billion
  • number of prescriptions for OA rose from 164 to 231 million

In 2030 the last baby boomer turns 65

In 2030 an estimated 25% of Americans will have osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is chronic joint inflammation.

Let’s get better.

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