Around $35 billion cost to society from antibiotic resistant infections
The societal costs of antibiotic resistant infections are around $35 billion each year- this includes the cost of lost wages and premature deaths.
Rboerts R, Hota B, Ahmad I, Scott R, et al. Hospital and Societal Costs of Antimicrobial-Resistant Infections in a Chicago Teaching Hospital: Implicatons for antibiotic stewardship. Clin Infect Dis. 2009; 49(8): 1175-84. http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/49/8/1175.full