• Statistics

    • In 2008, $21 million was spent on prescription drugs for the treatment of ulcerative colitis.
    • Every year, 1 person out of every 20 patients with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis is hospitalized.
    • Half of all ulcerative colitis patients will be hospitalized at some point while less than 1/5 will require surgery.
    • Each hospital stay costs $9,400 and the total cost for 2008 has been estimated to be $120 million.
    • Ulcerative colitis is most commonly diagnosed in people aged 20 or older.
    • Worldwide, there are 189 pharmaceutical products indicated ulcerative colitis and 53 pharmaceutical products currently in clinical trials
    • Over the last 25 years, the average length of hospital stay for IBD patients has decreased from 15 to 9 days. This decrease achieves a cost savings of $4,000 per IBD patient for a total of $28 million.

Enhancing lifelong health

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation believes our ability to help establish, enrich and protect a healthy gut microbiota is the key to lifelong health