Chronic Disease  /  Human Value

While medical innovations and public health gains in the past century have been measurable in leaps and bounds, significant progress against acute disease has revealed an equally enormous challenge—chronic disease on an unprecedented scale. Close to half of Americans have chronic conditions and 1 in 4 have more than one. They cause 7 out of every 10 deaths and cost our country 75 cents of every health care dollar. With chronic disease prevalence growing at a faster rate than the population as a whole, the forecast is daunting.

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    • The percentage of noninstitutionalized adults 65 years of age and over with limitation of activity decreased from 39% to 36% between 1997 and 1999 and then remained at 34-35% between…  
    • “In 1985, the age adjusted nursing home residence rate was 54 people per 1,000 age 65 and over. By 2004 this rate had declined to 35 people per 1,000. Among…  
    • The average length of stay for older Americans has decreased by 6 days since 1980.  
    • If resonable improvements in preventing and managing chronic disease are made, 40.2 million cases of chronic disease will be avoided in 2023.  
    • The Cleveland Clinic lists these medical innovations in their top ten, because of the potential for short term clinical impact, high probability of success, the availability, and/or data to support…  
    • 2004 saw the sharpest drop in deaths in around 60 years – down almost 50,000 from 2003. The research team for “Death: Preliminary Data for 2004” from the National Center…  
    • The share of elderly with impairments in their ability to live independently went down between 1% and 1.5% annually between 1984 and 2004, compared to the historical annual decline in…  
    • The United States would have spent $634 billion less on health care in 2000 without many of the improvements in health and the associated investments that were seen between 1980…  
    • Between 1980 and 2000, annual age adjusted per person health care costs increased by $2,254 (102%) but were accompanied by significant health gains including: a 16% decline in annual death…  
    • New Medicines Account for 40% of Increase in Life Expectancy  
    • Benefit of Increased Health Care Spending: Disability rates declining for seniors, 1982-1999  
    • In 2000, Americans saved 206 million days of hospital care because of health care investments.  
    • New medicines, or “new chemical entities” accounted for 40% (0.8 years) of the two-year gain in life expectancy seen in 52 countries from 1986-2000.  
    • Decline in Disability Rates for People Aged over 65 Years, 1982-2000  
    • Each new drug approved between 1970 and 1991 saves an average of 11,200 life-years in 1991.