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how much does chronic pain costs the healthcare system and society as a whole?

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Dr. Alfredo Nieves
Gynecology 40 years experience
Billions of dollars: Some estimates which are conservative and do not take into consideration lack of productivity 6-10 billions per year.
Dr. Joseph De Santi
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Societal Pain Stats: Chronic pain exacts a huge toll on society, in the tens of billions of dollars per year, mostly in lost productivity due to absenteeism from work secondary to pain. Direct costs for the provision of care are also staggering as is the cost to provide oversight and surveillance by healthcare, pharmaceutical and police enforcement organizations. As we live longer, pain is likely to affect us all.

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