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How much does osteoarthritis cost society?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Individual costs of osteoarthritis per person can vary, but the average annual cost per person has been reported to be $5,700. The total cost of osteoarthritis and other forms arthritis across the U.S. was $128 billion. The cost of osteoarthritis can be significant. It can involve lost work days and lost income, decreased productivity, the cost of prescription and over-the-counter medications, and time spent in physical therapy or seeing the doctor.

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