PAIN BAR­RIER

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Health -

An es­ti­mated 3.2 mil­lion Aus­tralians live with per­sis­tent pain

Chronic pain is more com­mon in women — 1.7 mil­lion women ex­pe­ri­ence it com­pared with 1.4 mil­lion men

Lost pro­duc­tiv­ity is the big­gest cost, ring­ing in at about $11.7 bil­lion per year

The to­tal cost of pain in Aus­tralia is $34.3 bil­lion per year, or al­most $11,000 per per­son

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