The research was based on the 2008 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey of more than 20,200 adults in the United States. The study found:
• People suffering from moderate pain paid $4,516 more than those without pain, who paid $4,475 on average
• Severe pain patients spent $3,210 more than patients with moderate pain
• Patients with joint pain paid $4,048 higher than average costs
• People with arthritis paid $5,838 more than average healthcare costs
• Patients with functional disabilities paid $9,680 more than people with average healthcare costs
• Loss of productivity due to pain cost $299 billion to $334 billion
The article was published in The Journal of Pain for the American Pain Society.
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