Healthcare Costs Rise as Lupus Disease Activity Increases
Research continues to demonstrate the significant economic burden of lupus. On the heels of a recent study showing the physical and economic toll of the disease within the first two years of diagnosis, now a new study finds people with moderate to severe lupus face steep healthcare costs just one year after diagnosis.
Researchers looked at 2,227 people with mild, moderate and severe lupus and assessed their healthcare usage and costs in the one year prior to lupus diagnosis and the year after diagnosis. Regardless of disease severity, healthcare costs increased for all people within the first year of being diagnosed. However, costs were significantly higher for those with greater disease activity.
In the year before diagnosis, average healthcare costs per person were: $12,373 for people with mild lupus
$22,559 for people with moderate lupus
$39,261 for people with severe lupus
In the year following diagnosis, average healthcare costs per person were: $13,415 for those with mild lupus $29,512 for those with moderate lupus $68,260 for those with severe lupus One year after diagnosis, costs were twice as high for people with moderate lupus and five times as high for people with severe lupus compared to those with mild disease […]