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Thursday, 17 October 2013

A problem worth solving: the rising cost of musculoskeletal conditions in Australia

A problem worth solving: the rising cost of musculoskeletal conditions in Australia, produced by Arthritis Victoria and Osteoporosis Victoria based on analysis by Deloitte Access Economics, details the rising cost of musculoskeletal conditions in Australia and makes a case for why there needs to be a proactive, strategic response.

Key findings include:

* $55.1 billion cost to the Australian economy, including direct health costs, lost productivity and reduced quality of life
* 6.1 million Australians already affected, of which 58% are of working age in peak income earning years (25-64 years)
* 43% growth in musculoskeletal cases projected over the next two decades, including a surge in older Australians living with the conditions

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