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Fracture treatment is 111 times more expensive than preventing osteoporosis

Illness hits today, more than 20 million Brazilians, according to the Brazilian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

 
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New survey reveals that taking care of osteoporosis, which currently reaches more than 20 million Brazilians, according to the Brazilian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (SBOT), is much cheaper than treating the complications of the disease. A survey by Orizon, company working on the integration of service providers with health insurance companies, showed that the fracture treatment is 111 times more expensive than preventing osteoporosis.

The Orizon analyzed the cost of the four major drugs used to control the progression of osteoporosis, which can vary from approximately $ 900.00 to $ 1,700.00 U.S. per year.

By lifting the company's treatment of a hip fracture, very common in those with osteoporosis unattended, can cost on average more than $ 100,000.00 in costs of tests, surgical supplies, medications, medical procedures and hospitalization . To treat a fractured femur, the average cost is $ 60,000.00, for example. Not tabulate the social costs. People are invalid or stop working after a hip fracture, not counting the time of admission, says the chairman of Orizon, Rodrigo Bacellar, citing international studies, where half of the patients with hip fracture end up with serious sequelae and not returning the activities before the fracture.

Osteoporosis is a disease that progresses slowly, rarely presents symptoms and affects women more. According to SBOT, for every man with eight women have osteoporosis. Without further laboratory tests and bone mass, the disease is only noticed when the first fractures occur, accompanied by acute pain, one of the great problems of non-adherence to treatment with calcium.

The study concluded, after a review of international studies, 39% of patients discontinue oral treatment after the first six months and nearly half (49%) stops taking the medication after a year.

Source: Isaude.net
   Palavras-chave:   Osteoporosis    Fracture    Brazilian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology    SBOT    Orizon   
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