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May 29, 2018 2 min read

Is it you or do you know someone that suffers with Arthritis?
Here are some statistics from Access Economics and also the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare that you might find interesting.
  • 3.85 million Australians have arthritis, this is 18% of the population or 1 in 5 Australians.
  • 2.2 million Australians have Osteoporosis.
  • 28% of Australians have arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. That’s around 6.1 million people.
  • 14% of Australians (3.0 million) are affected by back problems, followed by 8% with osteoarthritis (1.8 million), 3% with osteoporosis (728,000) and 2% with rheumatoid arthritis (445,000) according to 2011-12 self-reported estimates.
  • 54% rise in total knee replacements for osteoarthritis from 2002-03 to 2011-12. There was a 20% rise in total hip replacements over the same period.
  • According to the Global Burden of Disease estimates, low back pain is ranked first in Australasia (including Australia and New Zealand), compared to sixth in the world. Neck pain is ranked 10th compared to 21st in the world, and osteoarthritis is ranked 23rd compared to 38th in the world.
  • By 2050, 7 million Australians will suffer from arthritis.
  • 1 to 4 in 1,000 children have juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).
  • 2.4 million Australians are of working age that have arthritis, which is 11% of the workforce.
  • There are over 120 different types of arthritis.
  • The total cost of arthritis to the Australian economy was estimated to be $23.9 billion by Access Economics in 2007.
  • The average cost of arthritis per person per year is $6200; 61% of arthritis costs are borne by the individuals themselves.
  • Research Australia’s Public Opinion Poll (2008) conducted by Crosby Textor, showed that Australians are more worried about developing arthritis than any other disease. Arthritis is seen as a very significant risk, with 43% of Australians rating their lifetime risk as 1 in 10 or more, and only 2% seeing themselves as having no risk.
  • Osteoarthritis is the leading source of health expenditure on arthritis, accounting for $2.03 billion or just under half of total allocated expenditure on arthritis in 2007.
  • Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions are Australia’s fourth most expensive group of diseases. Health-care expenditure for arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions 2008-09, shows that in 2008-09, spending on these diseases totalled $5,690 million, accounting for 9% of total health-care spending.
  • Osteoarthritis accounted for 29%-or $1,637 million-of spending on arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.
    This was followed by back problems (21% or $1,177 million), rheumatoid arthritis (6% or $355 million) and osteoporosis (5% or $306 million).
  • Osteoarthritis accounts for 63% of hospital inpatient expenditure and rheumatoid arthritis just 3.5%.
  • 30% of hospital outpatient expenditure is attributable to osteoarthritis, while 16.3% is attributable to rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Osteoarthritis accounts for 75% of aged care expenditure, considerably above its prevalence share of 42%, but indicative of the greater impact it has on older Australians. (Access 2007, Pain Realities).
  • The direct costs associated with these fractures amount to an estimated 1.9 billion dollars each year in Australia.
If you have arthritis, you will almost certainly have symptoms relating to your joints, such as:
  • pain
  • swelling
  • stiffness or reduced movement
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