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RA costing £8bn a year

31st March 2010

The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) says in a new report that rheumatoid arthritis may be costing the UK economy almost £8 billion a year.

With 26,000 new cases diagnosed each year in England and almost 700,000 people in the UK believed to be living with the condition, the NRAS says it is a major economic burden, particularly with it striking a person between the ages of 40 and 50. The figures are based on numbers of sufferers, long-term cost of treatment and the amount of productive working life lost as a result of the disease.

 

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