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Aging Americans Crank Up Nation's Arthritis Financial Burden

Aging Americans Crank Up Nation's Arthritis Financial Burden

SAN FRANCISCO, April 27 -- The aging population has escalated the national price tag for arthritis and other rheumatic conditions by nearly 25% in seven years, investigators here reported.

Citing a decline in hospital costs for the conditions from 1997 through 2003, and stable average costs for medical care, the aging population stood out as the primary cause for the rise in national expenditures, the researchers reported in the May issue of Arthritis and Rheumatism.

Those with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions increased to more than 46 million, some 21% of the population, and treatment costs hit .8 billion, said Edward Yelin, Ph.D., of the University of California San Francisco, and colleagues at the CDC.

Arthritis patients included those with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, while other disorders included lupus, gout, and bursitis.

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