Health care tidbits

This is from a presentation that Troy attended at work and that he forwarded to me:

75% of total health care spending is linked to chronically ill patients

The rise in obesity prevalence accounts for nearly 30% of the growth of health spending in the past 20 years

Technology, better disease detection and longevity are all factors in the rise in treated prevalence

In 1978, 15.% of adults were obese; as of 2002 that figure was 32.2%

Out of the US, Canada, England and Germany, the US is the most aggressive in treating people at risk for cardiovascular problems.  The percentage of adults with cardiovascular risk factors has risen 5 percentage points to 31% over the past 5 years.

Virtually all conditions with a rise a large change in prevalence are chronic.  Chronically ill patients have a dispropotionate reliance on pharmaceuticals, physicians and other provide care than other patients

Implications for Medicare: A less healthy population is entering Medicare.

There has been a dramatic rise in treated disease prevalence among both 35-54 year olds and 55- 64 year olds.  Also, a dramatic rise in obesity levels for the near-elderly between 1997 and 2004

The clinical characteristics of patients have changed rapidly but the way care and payment is made has not changed since 1956


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