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Sleep apnea: more damage than tornadoes and earthquakes

When we think of disasters and economic consequences, our mind immediately goes to events such as tornadoes or earthquakes that in a country like the U.S. cause an average annual cost of 5-6 billion dollars with peaks of 15-16 on occasions of uncontrolled phenomena like the devastating 1994 California earthquakes and 2011 tornado.

Few people know that sleep apnea (OSA) produces eight times this annual cost. A real mess! It is estimated that a country like the U.S. spends about $ 16 billion a year for the costs arising from road accidents due to sleepiness OSAS (including expenses for funerals, flowers, insurance reimbursements, body shops, mechanics, etc.) And about 100 billion dollars a year for diseases or co-morbidities caused or aggravated by OSAS (costs due to strokes, heart attacks, days of hospitalization, work absences of family members, etc.).

The cost of OSAS, estimated at 120 mile per year, equivalent to about 1% of GDP in the U.S. (but could be any other country). More than any earthquake or tornado.

What it is even more ironic is that if we could put into therapy all patients with OSAS the U.S. alone would spend only 8 billion a year saving about $ 110 billion.

In Europe, an individual not suffering from chronic disease spends an average of $ 1,765 (€ 1,300) per year (antipyretic drugs and antibiotics, doctor visits, dental care, etc.). A person with undiagnosed OSA spends exactly twice, ie $ 3,530 (€ 2,600) per year.

The cost of therapy (including examinations and tests for follow-up) is equal to $ 543 (€ 400) per year which results in a net saving of $ 3,530-543-1,765 = $ 1,222 (€ 2600-400-1300 = € 900) per year for each subject. Not to mention the benefits that you would have on the health and daily activities.

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