What is the cost of Alzheimer's disease?

The overall economic impact is staggering.

Worldwide dementia care is estimated to cost upwards of US$1 trillion.4 According to the World Bank, that’s roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Pakistan in 2017. According to public financial statements, that is more than the 2017 profits of Apple, J.P Morgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway combined.

Alzheimer's is projected to cripple America's healthcare system.

Total payments for health care, long-term care, and hospice for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are projected to increase from $290 billion in 2018 to more than $1.1 trillion in 2050 (in 2019 dollars). Annual healthcare spending averages $4,500 more for patients with Alzheimer’s than similar patients.

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This content was first posted on: January 2, 2017

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