Silver Book Fact

About 95% of health care spending for older Americans is for chronic diseases.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Merk Institute of Aging and Health. The State of Aging and Health in America 2007. Washington, D.C.: Merk Institute of Aging and Health; 2007. http://www.cdc.gov/aging/pdf/saha_2007.pdf

Reference

Title
The State of Aging and Health in America 2007
Publisher
Merk Institute of Aging and Health
Publication Date
2007
Authors
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Merk Institute of Aging and Health
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

Related Facts

  • The health share of the GDP is projected to rise from 16.2% in 2007 to 17.6% in 2009. It is then projected to climb to 20.3% by 2018.  
  • In 2001, 5% of Medicare beneficiaries accounted for 43% of Medicare spending. For these beneficiaries, health care spending averaged around $63,000 per year. The bottom 50% of beneficiaries…  
  • The typical caregiver is a 46-year-old woman with at least some college experience, providing more than 20 hours of weekly care to her mother. However, nearly 4 in 10 caregivers…  
  • People with 5 or more chronic conditions see an average of close to 14 different physicians and fill 50 prescriptions per year.  
  • Average Out-of-Pocket Spending on Health Care by Medicare Beneficiaries, by Type of Supplemental Coverage, 2003