The Economic Impact of Lyme Disease
"The annual cost of Lyme disease in the US in 2002 was estimated at $203 million by Dr. Zhang of the CDC. Today the annual cost is likely to exceed $3.1 Billion. The increased cost reflects the CDC revision of case numbers from 30,000 to 300,000 and adjustments for inflation." LymeDisease.org
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According to an actuarial study on Lyme costs, “37% of the financial costs of this disease is incurred before the correct diagnosis is made.” According to a 1998 CDC study, early Lyme costs averaged $161 per patient and neurologic Lyme disease averaged $61,243 per year. (Cardiac involvement $6,845.00. Arthritic involvement $34,354.00)
Source- Emerg Infect Dis. 1999 May-Jun;5(3):321-8. The cost effectiveness of vaccinating against Lyme disease. Meltzer MI, Dennis DT, Orloski KA.
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