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In 2005, the direct costs to Medicare and Medicaid for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, plus the estimated indirect costs to businesses of employees who were caregivers to these individuals, totaled more than $148 billion. This included $91 billion in Medicare costs, $21 billion in state and federal Medicaid costs for nursing home care, and $36.5 billion in indirect costs to business.

Alzheimer's Association. 2009 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Alzheimers Dement. 2009; 5(3): 234-70. http://www.alzheimersanddementia.com/article/S1552-5260(09)00074-0/fulltext

Reference

Title
2009 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures
Publication
Alzheimers Dement
Publication Date
2009
Authors
Alzheimer's Association
Volume & Issue
Volume 5, Issue 3
Pages
234-70
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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