Every Day Counts

The Every Day Counts initiative has been developed to improve diagnosis and treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis across the Asia-Pacific region through education. For every day that a patient with RA remains undiagnosed and untreated he pays an unnecessary personal price. At the same time, society and communities face a significant financial cost through increased unemployment and welfare payments, and greater healthcare spending on extended hospital stays.

In times of economic uncertainty and ageing populations countries simply can’t afford to have people with chronic illnesses needlessly out of work and draining valuable government budgets. Treatments do exist that have been proven to reduce the burden of this disease and widespread adoption of early diagnosis and treatment regimens could help to significantly reduce the cost of this disease to both societies and individuals.

Early effective treatment may not only postpone, slow or even stop disease progression but also decrease costs by preserving productivity and reducing the need for surgery hospital admissions and social service utilization.

“We hope that this initiative will help to highlight the need to treat RA early and effectively, because every day that a patient remains untreated has far reaching consequences.” Dr. Ho-Youn Kim, President, Asia-Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR)