CDC reports annual financial cost of COPD to be $36 billion in the United States
The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) announced today the Online First publication of Total and State-Specific Medical and Absenteeism Costs of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years in the United States for 2010 and Projections Through 2020 in the journal CHEST.The report, presented by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), finds:
- In 2010, the total national medical costs attributable to COPD were estimated at $32.1 billion dollars annually.
- Absenteeism costs were $3.9 billion for a total burden of $36 billion in COPD-attributable costs.
- An estimated 16.4 million days of work were lost due to COPD each year.
Of the medical cost, 18% was paid for by private insurance, 51% by Medicare, and 25% by Medicaid.
- The study also projects a rise in medical costs from $32.1 billion in 2010 to $49 billion by 2020. Read more.