Osteoarthritis Costs in the United States: $185 billion per year
Medical care for osteoarthritis patients in the United States cost $185 billion every year according to a study published in the respected journal Arthritis and Rheumatism. There was a large representative database over 10 years. Because of the greater prevalence of osteoarthritis in women, total expenditures for that group accounted for almost 2/3 of the total increase in health care expenses resulting from arthritis.
Arthritis and its treatment cause an enormous drain on health care resources in the United States and the world for that matter.