A new study
shows the average total cost of living with multiple sclerosis is $88,487 per year. The actual amount spent per year varies from person to person based on a number of factors including treatment option, daily life needs and health insurance coverage.
The study estimates the annual U.S. economic cost of multiple sclerosis at more than $85.4 billion per year, underscoring what many people with MS know all too well – MS is a highly expensive disease.
Direct medical costs such as doctor’s appointments and medications are the biggest contributor to the high cost of MS, with disease-modifying therapies (DMT) representing the single biggest cost of the disease.
The study also factored indirect and non-medical costs, such as costs of daily living, early forced retirement, home modifications, and more. Care partners pay an average of $4,333 each year to provide care to someone living with MS.
Addressing the Cost of Living with MS
While we’ve long understood the financial burden on people with MS and their families, this study highlights the far reaching and considerable cost of this disease on the entire U.S. economy and the real impact these costs have on people with MS, their families and care partners. It highlights the urgent need for policymakers and other stakeholders to help lower the cost of care and treatment of MS, a lifelong, chronic disease.
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Help Managing Your Expenses
If you are experiencing financial or employment challenges related to MS, the National MS Society can help connect you to the information, resources and support you need.
Help for MS Healthcare Providers
MS medications can only change lives if people can afford them. When discussing a treatment plan with a person with MS, include financial considerations and resources in the conversation. Help ensure people with MS can take the most effective treatment path for them. Be an advocate and educate people about their options.