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How The Skin Disease Psoriasis Costs Us Billions
National Public Radio

Skin disorders rarely make it on the list of big-time diseases, so when we saw a study saying that psoriasis costs the nation $52 to $63 billion a year, it was hard not to think, “Really?”

And that’s just for the direct costs of health care for people with psoriasis, according to the study, published Wednesday in JAMA Dermatology.

Indirect costs such as lost work hours and unemployment make up another $24 to $35 billion, the study found. Then there are the costs of associated health problems like heart disease and depression, at $35 billion. That’s a lot of money for something that could easily be dismissed as a rash by those of us who aren’t up to speed on psoriasis. But as those numbers suggest, we’d be wrong.