Direct Medical Costs


Lead Author(s): 

Edward H. Yelin, PhD
Sylvia I. Watkins-Castillo, PhD

Overall, ambulatory care visits accounted for the largest share of per-person direct cost for people with an osteoporosis condition. At an average cost of $3,758 per person between 2009 and 2011, an increase of 42% from 1996 to 1998, ambulatory care accounted for 34% of per-person direct cost between 2009 and 2011. Both the share of per-person cost for inpatient care and the mean cost dropped between 1996 and 1998 to 2009 and 2011, with the share dropping from 36% to 24% and the mean cost from $3,009 to $2,681. However, the average per-person cost for prescriptions rose from $1,477 to $2,989, in 2011 dollars, an increase of 102%. (Reference Table 10.4 PDF CSV)

Per Person Components of Total Direct Costs in 2011 Dollars for Osteoporosis Conditions

Total direct per-person health care costs in 2009 to 2011 for people with an osteoporosis condition were $10,978, an increase of 28% since 1996 to 1998. Incremental direct per-person costs, those costs most likely attributable to an osteoporosis condition, were not calculated for osteoporosis because of the small sample size. (Reference Table 10.6 PDF CSV)

Total Per Person Mean Direct Costs for Osteoporosis Conditions in 2011 Dollars

Total aggregate direct costs for persons with an osteoporosis condition were $70.5 billion from 2009 to 2011, a rise of 160% from the $27.1 billion from 1996 to 1998, in 2011 dollars.

Total Aggregate Direct Costs for Osteoporosis Conditions in 2011 Dollars


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