Osteoporosis: The Orthopaedic Health Policy Perspective

Adedapo Ajayi, BS; Mallory Powell, BA; William T. Obremskey MD, MPH; Alex Jahangir, MD; and Manish K. Sethi, MD

As the United States attempts to address its immense debt, healthcare savings are a focal point in the national dialogue. One clear and easy cost-savings mechanism is the management and prevention of osteoporosis. The disease is an important medical issue, and a major policy front for orthopaedics.

The finances
More than 2 million fragility fractures occur in the United States each year, costing an estimated $19 billion in health care. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), the annual incidence of fragility fractures is more than the combined total incidence of heart attacks, strokes, and newly diagnosed breast cancer cases each year.

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