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GI Diseases in the U.S.: $142B in Direct, Indirect Costs

Gastroenterology and Endoscopy
Written by Carrie Pallardy |

Gastrointestinal diseases generate approximately $142 billion in direct and indirect costs each year in the United States, according to a Medscape report. Here are four things to know about the morbidity, mortality and economic burden associated with GI diseases.

•    Hospitalizations and mortality associated with C. difficile infections have doubled in the last decade.
•    Colorectal cancer is the leading cause of GI-related mortality.
•    In 2009, 6.9 million upper endoscopies, 11.5 million lower endoscopies and 228,000 biliary endoscopies were performed.
•    In 2009, outpatient GI endoscopy examinations reached a total cost of $32.4 billion.

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GI Diseases in the U.S.: $142B in Direct, Indirect Costs

 

Gastrointestinal diseases generate approximately $142 billion in direct and indirect costs each year in the United States, according to a Medscape report. Here are four things to know about the morbidity, mortality and economic burden associated with GI diseases.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/774795_1

 

·         Hospitalizations and mortality associated with C. difficile infections have doubled in the last decade.

·         Colorectal cancer is the leading cause of GI-related mortality.

·         In 2009, 6.9 million upper endoscopies, 11.5 million lower endoscopies and 228,000 biliary endoscopies were performed.

·         In 2009, outpatient GI endoscopy examinations reached a total cost of $32.4 billion.

 

More Articles on Gastroenterology:

U.S. Endoscopy Releases New Snare

http://www.beckersasc.com/gastroenterology-and-endoscopy/u-s-endoscopy-releases-new-snare.html

How Will Bundled Payments Affect GI? 3 Gastroenterologists Chime In

http://www.beckersasc.com/gastroenterology-and-endoscopy/how-will-bundled-payments-affect-gi-3-gastroenterologists-chime-in.html

Colorectal Cancer Following Colonoscopy: 5 Things to Know

http://www.beckersasc.com/gastroenterology-and-endoscopy/colorectal-cancer-following-colonoscopy-5-things-to-know.html

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