NIH Study: Cost of Treating Rare Diseases ‘Large’ Relative to Other Ills

NIH Study: Cost of Treating Rare Diseases ‘Large’ Relative to Other Ills

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NIH Study: Cost of Treating Rare Diseases ‘Large’ Relative to Other Ills

A retrospective study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that healthcare costs for those with rare diseases have been underestimated, possibly being three to five times higher than for those without rare diseases. This study provides evidence of the potential effect rare diseases may have on public health and healthcare systems, and suggests that patients’ medical costs might be on par with those for cancer and heart failure. “There needs to be greater…

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