National Pain Report conducted a large survey of people who suffer in chronic pain back in 2015. The results were devastating, although not surprising.
The survey told us that over 68% said chronic pain has “an enormous influence” on their economic situation. Nearly 79% were unemployed and 63% were unable to secure credit. Slightly over 34% had filed for bankruptcy.
Much has changed since the survey was first conducted, including new pain medicines and treatments, as well as an enormous movement to curb the use of opioids that has been driven by government and the drug addiction industry. The insurance landscape has also dramatically evolved as the ACA (“Obamacare”) has resulted in more people having health insurance, but also enormous increases in out-of-pocket costs. We have also seen changes in the overall economy in the U.S.
We are conducting the 2017 Financial Burden of Pain Survey to see what has changed, if things have improved, or if they have worsened. Our goal is to partner with experts in the financial industry to determine what products or services National Pain Report can co-develop to help ease the financial stresses of our readers and of the chronic pain community as a whole.
If you, or a family member, have chronic pain, please take the survey.