Chronic conditions are generally defined as medical conditions that cause reoccurring health problems and last for either months or years. In 2013, chronic conditions cost approximately $623.8 billion – this is an 88% increase since 2002, when chronic conditions cost approximately $331.9 billion. However, the relative cost of chronic conditions has not changed significantly. In 2013, chronic conditions accounted for 45% of the $1.4 trillion in total health care expenditures in the U.S. In 2002, chronic conditions accounted for 41% of the total $810.7 billion in health care expenditures in the U.S.
This report answers a number of questions including:
- What Is A Chronic Condition?
- What Chronic Conditions Result In The Highest Overall Spending?
- What Chronic Conditions Result In The Most Spending Per Person?
- What Is The Cost Of Multiple Chronic Conditions?