In 2010, the CDC reported that the national health care cost of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) equaled $32.1 billion. That number was projected to rise to $49 billion by 2020. If you suffer from chronic lung disease, you are already familiar with how costly it is to manage. Here, we outline how cellular therapy treatment may help reduce your health care costs.
What Costs Are Associated With Lung Disease?
There are numerous direct care expenses associated with chronic lung disease and its treatment, including regular costs for:
- COPD diagnostic tests, X-rays and lab work
- Physician office visits
- Hospital care for exacerbations
- Supplemental oxygen and equipment
- Home care
Even with medical insurance, you may have out-of-pocket payments for copays and/or deductibles. And insurance companies may only selectively cover expenses like a home care aide.
Your lung disease may cost you in other ways too: you may lose wages due to missed days of work or the inability to work at all. Lost income can put more financial strain on you. You may also suffer from depression or anxiety related to your disease, which could result in additional costs for antidepressant medications or therapy.
How Much Does COPD Cost?
Because chronic lung conditions are progressive, your costs will continue to increase as the disease worsens. Even if you don’t need supplemental oxygen during the early stages of COPD, you might need it a few years down the road. In 2010, a study about the clinical and economic burden of COPD in the United States concluded that as the disease progressed, health care costs increased. The estimated direct care cost for a person with Stage I COPD was $1,681 per year, while the estimated cost for a person with Stage III COPD was $10,812 per year.
The primary factor driving higher health care costs is the number of exacerbations that require emergency room visits or hospital admissions. Typically, the frequency and severity of exacerbations increase as the disease progresses.
How Much Does Cellular Therapy Cost?
If you are considering cellular therapy at Lung Health Institute, you may be worried about the financial burden of paying for another treatment. But unlike traditional treatment options that only focus on reducing symptoms, cellular therapy targets the root cause of symptoms: chronic airway inflammation.
While cellular therapy is not a cure, and there isn’t a cure for COPD, it may help reduce the inflammation that causes shortness of breath, coughing and mucus production. If you have less airway inflammation, then you may be able to cut down on the number and/or dosage of the medications you are taking to manage these symptoms. In the long term, you may need fewer new medications or oxygen therapy because cellular therapy has the potential to slow down the progression of chronic lung disease.
Along with cellular therapy, Lung Health Institute offers Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ (AI²™) wellness plans, which are specifically designed to help reduce full-body inflammation for people with chronic lung disease. Reducing inflammation throughout the body can help decrease your risk for exacerbations, which is one of the top expenses of lung disease.
If you are interested in learning more about Lung Health Institute’s cellular therapy or AI² plans, contact one of our patient coordinators today.