Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Top 10 Most Expensive Chronic Diseases for Healthcare Payers

From  HealthPayerIntelligence

The top 10 most expensive chronic diseases for healthcare payers eat up significant healthcare dollars. ...Healthcare spending reached a total of $4.1 trillion in 2020, based upon estimates from CMS. Spending is expected to continue to grow at an average of 5.4 percent through 2025, with chronic diseases treatment comprising a significant portion of that spending. Based on the latest data from the CDC and presented in descending order, here are the top 10 most expensive chronic diseases for healthcare payers to treat.

  1. Heart disease and stroke costs in the US total $363 billion per year
  2. Diabetes care cost $327 billion in 2017
  3. In the US, the total cost of arthritis was an estimated $304 billion
  4. Excessive alcohol use cost the US economy $249 billion, or roughly $2.05 per drink
  5. Cancer care is estimated to cost $240 billion
  6. The United States spends $147 billion on healthcare related to obesity and roughly $117 billion on costs associated with inadequate physical activity
  7. Alzheimer's and related dementia, $244 billion
  8. Smoking, $225 billion
  9. Tooth decay, $45 billion
  10. Epilepsy, $8.6 billion