Health economic impact of COPD

The financial cost of COPD continues to rise1

Costs associated with COPD are estimated to be $50 billion by 2020, including direct and indirect costs.

Costs for COPD are largely incurred through hospitalizations1

Patients may live with COPD and its associated comorbidities for many years.2

Average life expectancy of a patient with COPD is beyond 65 years of age2

Comorbidities are common among COPD patients, and they have a significant impact on health care costs3,4




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