Doing Nothing about Incontinence Symptoms Costs More Than You Think
How many pads do you wear a day?
How many more will you use as your leaks get worse?
Incontinence isn’t free and it isn’t just when you are old. Although two-thirds of women tend to “do nothing” about their incontinence, “doing nothing” becomes expensive as symptoms almost always get worse. Can you save money? Whether you are tackling incontinence care for yourself or for a loved one, women spend about $750 on average out of pocket annually just to manage incontinence.
An NIH study analyzed how much money women are spending out of pocket on urinary incontinence. The average age for the 655 women in this study was 52. The leaked 22 leaks per week or about 3 leaks per day on average. The women relayed how they handled their symptoms which inputted into their global health-related quality of life measures. A series of factors were also assessed pertaining to the frequency, type, or severity of incontinence.
Costs of Managing Symptoms
The average woman spends an average of $14 per week for management of incontinence symptoms. Resources used included paper towels to pads to diapers and more. At first, liners and pads seem like a cheaper way to go. But as the frequency and severity of leaks increased, costs for management increased dramatically.
Over half the women reported additional loads of laundry each week (20% of total costs), and 14% reported additional dry-cleaning each week (15% of total costs). Additionally, costs for incontinence care were 80% higher for mixed (stress and urge) incontinence compared with only stress incontinence. Most women are unaware of how much they are spending in total. Additionally, as costs increase, there is a poorer quality of life.
Willingness to Pay for a Cure
Patients were also asked about the willingness to pay for improving their incontinence care. They were given a scenario: if they were to be offered a new treatment that would reduce the number of leaks by 25%, how much would they be willing to pay? Women were willing to pay an average of $31 per month for a 25% reduction, $44 month for 50% reduction, and $118 per month for complete resolution. As expected, willingness to pay more increased with higher expectancy for improvement.
While $750 is spent out of pocket annually just on the management of symptoms, women were willing to spend about $1,400 annually for a complete cure. This is approximately 1% of their annual income for treatment of their incontinence. This is comparable to average out of pocket spending on prescription drugs. Economic costs for incontinence overall are over $20 billion in the US per year, with about 63% on resources for incontinence care.
Costs better spent on Effective Treatment
In comparison to management costs, the cost of incontinence treatment with ELITONE makes sound economic sense. It’s actually quite cost-effective with low monthly payments. Considering that without treatments, symptoms will rise and costs will rise, spending money now saves orders of magnitude more later! Most people do not realize the amount of money they spend so be aware! Not treating is a high price to pay for not getting better.
Let’s say goodbye to leaks and pads!
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Source: (1) Leslee L. Subak, MD, Linda Brubaker, MD, Toby C. Chai, MD, et al., High Costs of Urinary Incontinence Among Women Electing Surgery to Treat Stress Incontinence, Obstet Gynecol. 2008 April; 111(4): 899-907.