Comorbidities increase medical costs for COPD patients, study says

Thursday, March 5, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Patients with COPD and multiple comorbidities, like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and asthma, are more likely to have increased medical costs, according to a study released by the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. COPD patients without comorbidities spent about $4,800 on health care, while those with four or more comorbidities spent nearly $28,000. The retrospective observational study was done using data from 183,681 COPD patients from January 2009 to September 2012.