Arthritis is a long-term condition which can have a substantial impact on quality of life. It is an umbrella term used to describe a range of conditions affecting joints.
The total cost of arthritis in New Zealand is estimated to be $12.2 billion in 2018. The costs of arthritis comprise both financial costs, which include health sector costs, productivity losses and the cost of caring for people with arthritis, as well as loss of wellbeing for people with arthritis.
The productivity loss for individuals with arthritis is estimated at $1.2 billion in 2018, or $1,858 per person with arthritis. The costs are borne by individuals ($410.2 million); employers ($451.6 million) and government ($382.3 million). The productivity cost is due to arthritis causing reduced employment ($648.9 million); time off work ($262.6 million); and presenteeism ($332.6 million).