TABLE C-20 Total Direct Costs for Selected Pain Conditions (in millions of US$2010)

Conditions Office-based Hospital Outpatients Emergency Services Hospital Inpatients Prescription Drugs Total
Headache 1,350 434 958 147 3,730 6,619
Nonspecific Chest Pain 596 1,040 948 1,930 62 4,576
Abdominal Pain 689 305 438 128 38 1,598
Back Pain 14,400 3,000 607 13,500 2,660 34,167
Total 17,035 4,779 2,951 15,705 6,490 46,960

NOTE: Dollar amounts were adjusted for inflation as of 2010 using the Medical Care Inflation Index of the Consumer Price Index.
SOURCE: Based on authors’ calculations using the 2008 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.



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