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AFib, an economic burden

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AFib is a major economic burden for the U.S. with at least $6.65 billion in healthcare costs attributable to the disease each year. This estimate may be low. One study estimates that Medicare alone pays $15.7 billion per year to treat newly diagnosed AFib patients.

Lee WC, Lamas GA, Balu S, et al. Direct Treatment Cost of Atrial Fibrillation in the Elderly American Population: A Medicare perspective. J Med Econ. 2008; 11(2). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19450086

Coyne KS, Paramore C, Grandy S, et al. Assessing the Direct Costs of Treating Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation in the United States. Value in Health. 2006; 9(5). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16961553

Reference

Title
Direct Treatment Cost of Atrial Fibrillation in the Elderly American Population: A Medicare perspective
Publication
J Med Econ
Publication Date
2008
Authors
Lee WC, Lamas GA, Balu S, et al
Volume & Issue
Volume 11, Issue 2
Pages
281-98
URL
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Title
Assessing the Direct Costs of Treating Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation in the United States
Publication
Value in Health
Publication Date
2006
Authors
Coyne KS, Paramore C, Grandy S, et al
Volume & Issue
Volume 9, Issue 5
Pages
348-56
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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