2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 26 - HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS
Section 26:2V-2 - Findings, declarations relative to arthritis quality of life initiative.
26:2V-2 Findings, declarations relative to arthritis quality of life initiative.
2.The Legislature finds and declares that:
a.Arthritis is the most common, crippling and costly chronic disease in the United States; it affects 14.5% of the population or more than 40 million Americans of all ages. One in every seven people and one in every three families are affected by the disease;
b.Arthritis is the nation's number one disabling disease and disables seven million Americans. It is one of the most common and disabling chronic conditions reported by women and far exceeds the reporting of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and breast, cervical and ovarian cancers;
c.With an aggregate cost of about 1.1% of the gross national product or an estimated $64.8 billion annually in medical expenses, lost wages and associated economic losses, arthritis and other rheumatic diseases have a significant economic impact on the nation;
d.As the leading cause of industrial absenteeism after the common cold, arthritis accounts nationally for 500 million days of restricted activity and 27 million days lost from work each year;
e.The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project that by the year 2020, the incidence of arthritis will increase by 59% in the State and throughout the country, affecting 20% of the population;
f.Programs and services presently are available that can dramatically impact on early diagnosis and treatment as well as the quality of life of people with arthritis; and
g.A mechanism for broader dissemination of these programs and services aimed at prevention, information and education is needed to help reduce the physical and emotional impact of arthritis and its associated health care and related costs.
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