A 2011 Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC) study found that nearly 1% of the population is affected by inflammatory or rheumatoid arthritis. Left untreated, 10 years after their first symptoms, 50% of people living with RA were unable to work.
Over 1,000 Canadians polled in 2012 indicated their condition impacted their work performance. 52% said they were unable to work in the previous 4 weeks, Two-thirds were working in pain and 41% found it difficult to carry out their responsibilities at work because of symptom management, and One-third stopped working or retired as a result of their illness. 60% were between the ages of 18 and 54!
46% of respondents were unable to access needed treatments in the past year, whether it was a form of therapy or medication.
Employers can support people suffering from this condition. Ensuring coverage for therapy or medication through a group benefit plan or by modifying the work environment. Failure to deal with this condition in the early stages will result in cost that are estimated to reach $68 Billion by 2040!
Let's do our share while we can still afford to!