, Volume 186, Issue 1, pp 7–12 | Cite as

The Economic Impact of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Nayef AlGhanim
  • Vikram R. Comondore
  • John Fleetham
  • Carlo A. Marra
  • Najib T. Ayas
State of the Art Review


Untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) increases healthcare utilization and is associated with reduced work performance and occupational injuries. The economic burden related to untreated OSA is substantial, accounting for billions of dollars per year. Furthermore, therapy of OSA is an extremely cost-efficient use of healthcare resources, comparing highly favorably with other commonly funded medical therapies. Governments, transportation agencies, industry, and insurance companies need to be better informed concerning the economic impact of untreated OSA and the benefits of therapy.


Sleep Obstructive sleep apnea Sleep apnea syndromes Healthcare economics and organizations Cost-effectiveness Healthcare utilization Cost of illness Healthcare costs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nayef AlGhanim
    • 1
  • Vikram R. Comondore
    • 1
  • John Fleetham
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Carlo A. Marra
    • 5
  • Najib T. Ayas
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Sleep Disorders ProgramUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Respiratory DivisionVancouver General HospitalVancouverCanada
  4. 4.Centre Clinical Epidemiology and EvaluationVancouver Coastal Health Research InstituteVancouverCanada
  5. 5.Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome SciencesVancouverCanada
  6. 6.Respiratory Medicine7th Floor, Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care CentreVancouverCanada

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