A new study released by the Society for Women's Health Research, Washington, found that lifetime incremental medical costs for women with cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death among women, are $423,000 or roughly $6,700 annually for women under age 64 and $30,700 annually for women 65 and older. The cost of treating diabetes in women was $233,000 or roughly $5,550 annually for women under 64 and $25,000 annually for women 65 years and older. The report, billed as the first-ever study quantifying the lifetime medical costs of treating women with debilitating illnesses, was conducted by Analysis Group/Economics, a Boston-based consultancy, and used medical claims data from a national Fortune 100 company for a sample of more than 20,000 women. Researchers said the results indicate a critical "need for policymakers to provide more resources for additional clinical research, sex-based healthcare information and access to preventive care for all women." --Julie Piotrowski
Quantifying medical costs of debilitating diseases in women
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