New Report Says Skin Diseases Affect One in Four Americans; Takes a Toll on Economy
“The impact of skin disease in this country is staggering, affecting one in every four Americans each year and taking a toll on lives, livelihood and our economy,” said Henry W. Lim, MD, FAAD, incoming president of the AAD and chair of its Burden of Skin Disease Work Group, in a release.
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In a report published March 1 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, which analyzed medical claims from 2013, key findings also included that half of skin diseases are associated with mortality; nearly 50 percent of Americans over age 65 have skin disease, with an average of 2.2 skin diseases each; and $75 billion was spent on skin disease in 2013. In addition, experts estimate that the loss in productivity of those patients and their caregivers cost the economy another $11 billion.