Silver Book Fact

In 2003, more than 13.2 million people age 65 and older were discharged from short stay hospitals. This is a rate of 3,679 for every 10,000 people age 65 and older– more than 3 times the comparable rate for people of all ages (which was 1,195 per 10,000).

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • The annual out-of-pocket medical costs for chronic disease rose from and average of $427 per American in 1996 to $741 in 2005.  
  • Average annual health care costs for Medicare enrollees age 65 and over, in 2004 dollars, by age group, 1992-2004  
  • In the United States, chronic disease accounts for 75% of the more than $2 trillion spent on health care per year.  
  • More than half of Americans suffer from one or more chronic diseases.  
  • Health Care Spending Related to Chronic Diseases is Dwarfed by the Indirect Costs of These Health Problems