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J Occup Environ Med. 2013 Mar;55(3):240-4. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318282d310.

Annual incremental health benefit costs and absenteeism among employees with and without rheumatoid arthritis.

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  • 1Data Analytics, HCMS Group, Cheyenne, WY, USA.



To assess the impact of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) on absence time, absence payments, and other health benefit costs from the perspective of US employers.


Retrospective regression-controlled analysis of a database containing US employees' administrative health care and payroll data for those who were enrolled for at least 1 year in an employer-sponsored health insurance plan.


Employees with RA (N = 2705) had $4687 greater average annual medical and prescription drug costs (P < 0.0001) and $525 greater (P < 0.05) indirect costs (because of sick leave, short- and long-term disability, and workers' compensation absences) than controls (N = 338,035). Compared with controls, the employees with RA used an additional 3.58 annual absence days, including 1.2 more sick leave and 1.91 more short-term disability days (both P < 0.0001).


Employees with RA have greater costs across all benefits than employees without RA.

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