NIH Study Links Rare Disease to Higher Healthcare Costs
According to the study, those with rare diseases see costs three to five times greater than those without a rare disease. Additionally, most of the approximately 7,000 to 10,000 known rare diseases disproportionately impact children, adolescents, and young adults.
Rare diseases are collectively common and impact about 25 million to 30 million people in the United States. Many of the diseases are genetically caused and can be serious, life-threatening, and difficult to diagnose and treat.