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Around $62 million a year is spent on guide dogs for individuals 40 years and older with visual impairment (in 2004 dollars).

Rein D, Zhang P, Wirth K, Lee P, et al. The Economic Burden of Major Adult Visual Disorders in the United States. Arch Opthalmol. 2006; 124(12): 1754-60. http://archopht.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/124/12/1754

Reference

Title
The Economic Burden of Major Adult Visual Disorders in the United States
Publication
Arch Opthalmol
Publication Date
2006
Authors
Rein D, Zhang P, Wirth K, Lee P, et al
Volume & Issue
Volume 124, Issue 12
Pages
1754-60
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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