Cirrhosis Cases Up By 40% in US From 2009 to 2015

Between the years 2009 and 2015, the number of cirrhosis cases rose by more than 40% in the U.S., with those stemming from alcoholic cirrhosis representing one-third of the total, according to a new study.

The study looked at people aged 18 to 64 with private insurance and found that, in the first year after diagnosis, direct health care costs for patients with alcoholic cirrhosis were almost double those of patients with nonalcoholic forms of cirrhosis ($45,000 vs. $23,000).

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