Alzheimer's Expected to Cost U.S. $200B

The Alzheimer's Association recently released its 2012 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, noting the direct costs of caring and treatment for Alzheimer's patients will cost the United States roughly $200 billion this year, including $140 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid.

The average Medicare payment for a person with Alzheimer's or other dementias is roughly three times higher than patients without those conditions. Medicaid payments are 19 times higher.

By 2050, the Alzheimer's Association estimated the healthcare costs of Alzheimer's, the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, will be $1.1 trillion, which includes a 500 percent increase in combined Medicare and Medicaid spending.

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