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Healthline: Surprising Ways Migraine Can Be a Financial Headache, Too

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An excerpt from Healthline: Surprising Ways Migraine Can Be a Financial Headache, Too by Bob Curley, Medically Reviewed by Heidi Moawad, M.D.; March 2021.


“Migraine is the second most common cause of lost work days. The foundation estimates 157 million workdays are lost each year to migraine.

2018 report by the Integrated Benefits Institute compared employees who have migraine with those who don’t. It found that employees with migraine:

  • incurred on average $2,000 more in healthcare costs
  • took an average of 2.2 more sick days each year
  • lost nearly $600 in wages and benefits due to migraine


And a 2018 study estimated that people with migraine missed an average of 8.9 more days of work than people who don’t have migraine. Researchers concluded that for employees with migraine, employers paid $8,924 more per year in:

  • absenteeism
  • healthcare spending
  • short- and long-term disability


Because it impairs a person’s ability to work, migraine can also increase the risk of job loss. A 2013 study suggests that migraine is more common among people with lower incomes.

The economic impact of migraine is especially high among people who have chronic migraine rather than episodic migraine.

People who have chronic migraine have a 3.63 times greater rate of disability days per month than those with episodic migraine, according to a 2014 study.”

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