U.S. workers miss roughly 164.6 million days of work each year because of asthma, diabetes and hypertension, at a cost of $30.5 billion, according to an American Hospital Association report on chronic disease.
Asthma was responsible for more than 76% of workers absenteeism, or about 125 million days, and roughly three-quarters of associated costs, or $23.1 billion, results show.
The analysis, conducted by the Washington-based consultants Avalere Health, examined absenteeism but did not include disability or the decreased productivity of workers suffering from illness.
Hypertension led to roughly 24.5 million missed work days at a cost of $4.6 billion. Workers absenteeism from diabetes totaled almost 15.1 million days at a cost of $2.8 billion. -- by Melanie Evans
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