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40 Million Arthritics Pay $100 Billion Every Year in U.S.

Arthritis and other rheumatic conditions are the leading cause of disability in the United States, measured in terms of disability, ambulatory care and hospitalization. The CDC found that in 1997, the total cost of arthritis in the United States was $116 billion ($51 billion in direct costs plus $65 billion in indirect costs). More than 14 percent of U.S. residents older than 18 years of age (nearly 40 million people) had conditions consistent with the arthritis case definition. This is most...

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