Chronic Disease in the United States

75 cents out of every health care dollar goes to treat patients with chronic disease
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Backgrounder

  • There are currently 72 million baby boomers on the verge of entering Medicare
  • In 2010, the US spent $2.7 trillion on health care
  • 75 cents out of every health care dollar goes to treat patients with chronic disease

The US cannot effectively address escalating health care costs without addressing the problem of chronic disease -Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Increasing costs of treating chronic disease:

Cancer

2010: $125 billion

2020 projection: $207 billion

66%

Alzheimer’s

2010: $172 billion

2020: $241 billion

40%

Diabetes

2010: $194 billion

2020: $500 billion

158%

Cardiovascular

2010: $272 billion

2020: $470 billion

73%

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