Report: Untreated sleep apnea costs billions

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

DARIEN, Ill. – Undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea costs nearly $150 billion annually in the United States, according a new report commissioned by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

The estimated costs include $86.9 billion in lost productivity, $26.2 billion in motor vehicle accidents and $6.5 billion in workplace accidents, said Frost & Sullivan, which prepared the report.

Undiagnosed OSA also costs $30 billion annually in increased healthcare utilization and medication costs related to co-morbidities like hypertension and diabetes, Frost & Sullivan estimates.

OSA affects 29.4 million or 12% of the adult population. Diagnosis and treatment would result in $100 billion in savings, according to the report.