Silver Book Fact

In the United States, chronic disease accounts for 75% of the more than $2 trillion spent on health care per year.

Paez, Kathryn Anne, Lan Zhao and Wenke Hwang. Rising Out-Of-Pocket Spending For Chronic Conditions: A Ten-Year Trend. Health Affairs. January 2009; 28(1): 15-25. http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/abstract/28/1/15

Reference

Title
Rising Out-Of-Pocket Spending For Chronic Conditions: A Ten-Year Trend
Publication
Health Affairs
Publication Date
January 2009
Authors
Paez, Kathryn Anne, Lan Zhao and Wenke Hwang
Volume & Issue
Volume 28, Issue 1
Pages
15-25
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

Related Facts

  • Average annual health care costs for Medicare enrollees age 65 and over, in 2004 dollars, by age group, 1992-2004  
  • In 2006, 42% of Americans age 75 years and over living in the community reported having a limitation in their usual activity due to a chronic condition, compared with 13%…  
  • In 2006, health care costs for Medicare enrollees age 65 and older were: 25% for inpatient hospital care 16% for prescription drugs 35% for physician/outpatient services 13% for long-term care facilities  
  • More than 1/2 of family caregivers were providing help to spouses or parents with 3 or more activities of daily living (ADL) disabilities in 1999, up about 5% from 1994.  
  • Out-of-pocket spending for health care was $249.4 billion in 2005.