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Lung. 2008 Jan-Feb;186(1):7-12. Epub 2007 Dec 8.

The economic impact of obstructive sleep apnea.

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Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia, and Respiratory Division, Vancouver General Hospital, British Columbia, Canada.

Abstract

Untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) increases healthcare utilization and is associated with reduced work performance and occupational injuries. The economic burden related to untreated OSA is substantial, accounting for billions of dollars per year. Furthermore, therapy of OSA is an extremely cost-efficient use of healthcare resources, comparing highly favorably with other commonly funded medical therapies. Governments, transportation agencies, industry, and insurance companies need to be better informed concerning the economic impact of untreated OSA and the benefits of therapy.

PMID:
18066623
DOI:
10.1007/s00408-007-9055-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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