The “Most Expensive” Diseases
Three musculoskeletal conditions rank among the top ten “most expensive” according to a study.
The ranking is based on how much money each condition costs the U.S. healthcare system.
Trauma is the second most expensive medical problem costing the healthcare system $56 billion each year.
The most expensive condition treated in the United States is heart trouble, topping the list at $68 billion each year.
Cancer is the third most expensive condition, with a cost to the U.S. healthcare system of $48 billion.
Arthritis and joint diseases are number seven, costing the healthcare system $32 billion annually.
The third musculoskeletal condition in the top ten is back problems, which is number nine, costing the system $23 billion per year.
You can see, therefore, that bone and joint problems that we treat on a daily basis in our practice rank extremely high in the cost to the U.S. healthcare system.
Certainly there is much to be done from a preventive medicine standpoint in trying to reduce the cost of these musculoskeletal conditions.