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I have read before that lupus is the most expensive disease in all respects. All the more reason for early diagnosis and effective treatment.

published today in The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine .... found that the mean annual price tag for lupus - including medical expenditures, absence from the job, and short-term disability costs - was nearly $20,000 per patient. The mean cost climbed to more than $60,000 per patient when lupus was accompanied by the kidney disease nephritis, as it often is. That's more than the average annual cost of other chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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http://www.bio-medicine.org/medicin...--According-to-Thomson-Reuters-Study-33518-1/

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Thanks for the link Clare. A sobering thought indeed. But it does prove that aggressive treatment that can prevent kidney disease most definitely is cost effective. Another argument for maintenance of Plaquenil.

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Joan
 
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