Current statistics indicate that one of two women and one of eight men will suffer an osteoporotic fracture in their lifetime. In addition, the annual medical costs of osteoporosis to the health care system are estimated to be nearly $13.8 billion and are expected to rise to $60-$80 billion by the year 2020. State legislatures will be expected to bear the brunt of this cost.
The AAOS has taken an active interest in the prevention of osteoporosis.
On a state legislative level, the goal is to help get laws passed that not only ensure insurance plans cover such simple tests as bone-mass measurement, but also to encourage states to establish public awareness campaigns on the disease and appropriate funds to support educational efforts.