Overall, total average expenditures for persons with musculoskeletal diseases increased from $4,832 in 1996 to 1998 to $7,768 in 2009 to 2011, in 2011 dollars, a 60% increase. Ambulatory care had the largest share of total average per person costs for musculoskeletal diseases. (Reference Table 10.4 PDF CSV)
Per-person average expenditures for prescriptions had the largest increase among all components of musculoskeletal diseases, ranging from an increase of 102% for osteoporosis to an increase of 208% for injuries. Overall, prescription per person costs rose by 167% for all musculoskeletal diseases. Inpatient and residual costs showed the lowest increase between 1996 and 2011.
Incremental average expenditures for persons with musculoskeletal diseases almost doubled in real terms between 1996 to 1998 and 2009 to 2011, in 2011 dollars, from $1,280 in the earlier three-year period to $2,075 in the later one. Incremental costs for inpatient services for musculoskeletal diseases increased the most in relative terms, rising by 207% between 1996 and 2011. (Reference Table 10.5 PDF CSV)