Osteoporosis  /  Economic Burden

More than 54 million Americans face the threat of osteoporosis; which causes more than 2 million fractures each year. These fractures can have a profound impact on quality of life—often leading to pain, disability, loss of independence, and even death—and cost the U.S. an estimated billion each year. Fortunately, scientists are continuing to make exciting breakthroughs that are helping to keep bones healthy and prevent debilitating fractures. The Alliance for Aging Research partnered with the National Osteoporosis Foundation to produce this volume.

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    • From 2001 to 2003, about 2.39 million fractures occurred among women aged 65 and older with osteoporosis–this cost Medicare $12.96 billion.  
    • The cost of a hip fracture for one individual over their lifetime can be more than $81,000–nearly half can be attributed to nursing facility costs.  
    • During the first year after a hip fracture, the average cost in the U.S. ranges from $36,000 to over $47,000 per patient.  
    • Hip fractures account for 72% of total costs related to osteoporosis related fractures.  
    • In 2005, osteoporosis-related fractures cost nearly $17 billion–$19 billion if costs of prevalent fractures are included.