Arthritis Raises Risk of Falling into Poverty

Developing arthritis may increase the risk of a person falling into poverty, with that risk three times higher for women than men, concludes a new study at the University of Sydney in Australia.

Researchers assessed data from more than 4,000 Australian adults in a national survey conducted between 2007 and 2012. Their findings, published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, found that women who developed arthritis were 51 percent more likely to fall into poverty than women who did not develop the condition.

Men who developed arthritis were 22 percent more likely to fall into income poverty.

This research highlight the importance of health care professionals taking into account out-of-pocket costs for patients.

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