Persistent Pain  /  Economic Value

Around 100 million Americans live with persistent pain--more Americans than are affected by diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. Persistent pain is a significant public health problem, costing the American economy around $560 to $635 billion annually. This amount is equal to a cost of $2,000 for every US citizen due to cost of health care and lost productivity.

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    • 57% of American adults say they would pay an extra $1 per week in taxes in order to support government research into the causes of and treatment for chronic pain.  
    • People with persistent pain who used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) had lower average health care expenditures than nonusers ($3,797 versus $4,153).