The 2012 Institute of Medicine Report about Pain in America, reveals that more than 100 million Americans are in pain with an annual price tag more than 65 billion dollars. The cost of fibromyalgia to both the individual and to society is extensive. A 2007 study found that 34% of fibromyalgia patients spend between $100- $1,000 per month above their insurance to see a healthcare professional. Prominent fibromyalgia researchers and specialists estimate the costs in the U.S. between $12-14 billion each year and accounts for a loss of 1-2% of the nation’s overall productivity.
According to a 2003 published study in the Journal of Rheumatology:
- The total annual costs for fibromyalgia claimants were more than twice as high as the costs for the typical insurance beneficiary.
- The prevalence of disability among employees with fibromyalgia was twice as high as among all employees.
- For every dollar spent on fibromyalgia specific claims, employers spent approximately $50 -$100 on additional direct and indirect costs.
Additional studies show:
- Work and disability status of 1,668 FM patients reported that 25% had received disability payments. (Wolf, J Musculoskelet Pain. 1993)
- Failure to diagnose a true case of fibromyalgia has its own costs, largely in excess general practitioner visits, investigations and prescriptions. (Annemans, Arthritis & Rheumatism. March 2008.)
- Use of complementary and alternative medicine is 2 & 1/2 times higher in FM patients. (Lind, Arthritis & Rheumatism. February 2007).