November 14th, 2018
“A comprehensive understanding of the full economic and societal cost remains unknown. It is likely orders of magnitude higher and potentially a $50- to $100-billion-dollar problem for the United States, although more research is needed (Vanderhoof & Vanderhoof-Forschner, 1993; Zhang et al., 2006).”
“The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and CDC spend $77,355 and $20,293, respectively, per new surveillance case of HIV/AIDS, and $36,063 and $11,459 per new case of hepatitis C virus, yet only $768 and
$302 for each new case of Lyme disease. Federal funding for tick-borne diseases today is orders of magnitude lower, compared to other public health threats, and it has failed to increase as the problem has grown.”
“Treatment – The public said they need ways to determine if or when Lyme disease infection is resolved. They would like an integrated, interdisciplinary systems-biology approach to understanding Lyme disease, tick-borne diseases, and related immune suppression. They noted the need to revise Western medicine’s medical construct of Lyme disease and tick-borne diseases to match the science. They also noted the need to go beyond Lyme disease
and conduct research into combinations of coinfections.”Access to Care and Patient Outcomes –
“Access to Care and Patient Outcomes – The public stressed that insurance needs to cover treatment, including long-term antibiotics and immunotherapy, which would be patient-centered and at the treating clinician’s discretion. Patients also need to participate in Lyme- and tick-borne diseases–related decisions. They noted that current medical practices are often harmful and often re-traumatizing patients.”
Report estimates number of cases of Lyme disease in United States to be between 291,430 – 437,150 cases per year for an average of 364,290 cases per year yet funding for research is only (28 million + 11 million = 39 million per year) calculates to $107 dollars per case per year. For a comparison Hepatitis C has 2,967 per year and receives (107 million + 34 million = 141 million per year) which calculates to $47,523 per case per year.
Canada has similar drastic imbalances.