Cost of Arthritis Increases to $128 Billion Annually

Posted January 17, 2007

Forty-six million Americans are currently living with arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability, and we are all paying a high price for it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the annual cost of arthritis to the United States economy was $128 billion in 2003 and increased by $20 billion between 1997 and 2003.

CDC attributes the dramatic increase to the aging of the population, predominantly baby boomers, and increased prevalence of arthritis. CDC also estimates an additional 8 million new cases of arthritis will be diagnosed in the next decade.

"As the nation's largest private, non-profit funder of arthritis research, the Arthritis Foundation is enabling treatment advances that help millions of people with arthritis better manage their disease," said John H. Klippel, M.D., president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation. "Providing useful information to those with and at risk for getting arthritis is critical. Through Arthritis Today and our exercise and self-help programs, the Arthritis Foundation is providing people with arthritis the information and services needed to live healthier lives."

Read a special editorial from National Arthritis Foundation Chair and President.

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