Economic Costs of UI

  • The 1995 societal cost of incontinence for individuals 65 years of age and older was $26.3 billion, or $3565 per individual with urinary incontinence. Most of the total cost is associated with direct treatment, such as the cost of diagnostic testing and medication.
  • The cost of OAB is 12.6 billion in year 2000 dollars. $9.1 and $3.5 billion, respectively, was incurred by community and institutional residents.
  • Nearly half of the costs of UI are for medical services paid by Medicare.
  • The cost of caring for UI and OAB in nursing facility patients is an estimated $5.3 billion.
  • Kimberly Clark was quoted in a Nonwovens Industry (March 2001) article projecting that in the year 2005, the U. S. retail and institutional sales of the manufacturer would reach $2.1 billion and global sales would hit $5.8 billion. Kimberly Clark is believed to have approximately half of the market (in 2001, its share of the adult incontinence market was 52.4%).
  • The same 2001 Kimberly Clark article stated that the U.S. adult incontinence retail/home care market grew 3.1% to reach $594 million in 2000, according to Information Resources Inc. of Chicago. This figure does not reflect institutional sales to hospitals and nursing homes. Nearly a decade earlier, Theta Corporation reported that the retail and home care market was $275 million, including briefs, underpads, inserts/liners, and other undergarments for absorption. In that year, the institutional sector was recorded at $465 million, or a total market size in the U. S. of $740 million. This represents an 8.9% average annual increase in the retail market between 1991 and 2000. Applying the same rate to the following six years between 2000 and 2006 would put today’s U.S. retail/home care market at about $991 million.

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