Economic Impact

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."

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 MIDennis DTOrloski KA.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, USA.