IBD: Ulcerative Colitis
- It is estimated that 104,000 Canadians had ulcerative colitis in 2012, with 4,500 new cases annually. (Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada 2012)
- In 2008, physician visits for ulcerative colitis were estimated to cost the Canadian health care system $54 million/year. The total costs of hospitalization have been estimated to be $120 million in 2008. (Canadian Digestive Health Foundation 2009; Fedorak et al. 2010)
- Total indirect costs for ulcerative colitis were estimated to be $693 million in 2012. (Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada 2012)
- People with ulcerative colitis are at increased risk for colorectal cancer, although there is no excess risk of premature mortality.
- For more information, see Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Canadian Digestive Health Foundation. 2009. Establishing digestive health as a priority for Canadians. The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation – National Digestive Disorders Prevalence & Impact Study Report.
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. 2012. The impact of inflammatory bowel disease in Canada – 2012 Final report and recommendations.http://crohnsandcolitis.ca/Crohns_and_Colitis/documents/reports/ccfc-ibd-impact-report-2012.pdf?ext=.pdf [accessed 3 September 2018] [accessed 3 September 2018]
Fedorak RN et al. Canadian Digestive Health Foundation Public Impact Series 4: Inflammatory bowel disease in Canada. Incidence, prevalence, and direct and indirect economic impact. Can J Gastroenterol. 2010 Nov;24(11):651-5.