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Monday, May 24, 2010

Alzheimer's costs could reach $20 trillion by 2050 if no treatment is found, report finds...

Without an effective treatment, the cumulative costs of caring for patients with Alzheimer's disease in the United States could top $20 trillion over the next 40 years, according to a new report from the Alzheimer's Association.

By the year 2050, the number of people with Alzheimer's disease will climb from roughly 5.1 million today to an estimated 13.5 million, the report released this week said. If that happens, annual costs would also rise—from $172 billion to more than $1 trillion. Costs to Medicare will jump by more than 600% to $627 billion per year. That compares to $88 billion today. Meanwhile, Medicaid costs will soar to $178 billion, up from the current $34 billion, according to the report.

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