The cost of treating osteoporosis and the fractures it causes is estimated to be $1.9 billion each year in Canada alone. Long term, hospital and chronic care account for the majority of these costs.
Osteoporosis causes 70-90% of 30,000 hip fractures annually
Each hip fracture costs the system $21,285 in the 1st year after hospitalization, and $44,156 if the patient is institutionalized
A study recently reported that only 44% of people discharged from hospital for a hip fracture return home; of the rest, 10% go to another hospital, 27% go to rehabilitation care, and 17% go to long-term care facilities.
The reduced quality of life for those with osteoporosis is enormous. Osteoporosis can result in disfigurement, lowered self-esteem, reduction or loss of mobility, and decreased independence.
Some basic human impact statistics about osteoporosis and fractures:
At least 80% of fractures in people 60+ are related to osteoporosis
A 50-year-old woman has a 40% chance of developing hip, vertebral or wrist fractures during her lifetime. 5
Patients are at highest risk for subsequent fracture in the first few months following a vertebral fracture. 3
1 in 5 women who have a new vertebral fracture will fracture again within one year.4
The statistics related to hip fractures are particularly disturbing.
The lifetime risk of hip fracture is greater (1 in 6) than the 1 in 9 lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. 2
Approx 25,000 hip fractures in Canada in 1993
80% of hip fractures are osteoporosis-related
23% of patients who fracture a hip die in less than a year
Hip fractures result in death in up to 20% of patients
Hip fractures result in disability in 50% of those who survive
Fewer than 20% ofwomen who fractureand 10%of menin Canada currentlyundergo diagnosis or adequatetreatment for osteoporosis.
Without BMDtesting, 80%of patients with a historyof fractures arenot given osteoporosis therapies.