What is the economic impact of asthma?

Updated: Oct 07, 2019
  • Author: John J Oppenheimer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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In the United States, asthma is annually responsible for 1.5 million emergency department visits, 500,000 hospital admissions (third leading preventable cause), and 100 million days of restricted activity. Medical expenses, as well as lost work and productivity, cost an estimated $81.9 billion in 2013. [3] In Western countries, the financial burden on patients ranges from $300 to $1,300 per patient year, increasing with more severe disease. When indirect costs are added, total economic burden will be $963.5 billion over next decade. [4]  

Worldwide, economic costs for asthma are more than those for tuberculosis and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) combined. Cost is associated with disease severity [5] ; more than half of all expenditures are attributed to the 10-20% of patients with the most severe disease.

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