Checkup Time: Chronic Disease and Wellness in America

Jan 29, 2014
Publisher: Milken Institute

This is an update to our groundbreaking 2007 report, An Unhealthy America: The Economic Burden of Chronic Disease -- Charting a New Course to Save Lives and Increase Productivity and Economic Growth, which has served continuously as a source of information for journalists and policy makers.

In 2007, we quantified the economic and business costs of seven of the most common chronic diseases - cancer (broken into several types), diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, pulmonary conditions, and mental disorders - and the potential impact on employers, the government, and the nation's economy.

Our new report depicts the actual economic burden associated with five out of seven diseases and shows that chronic diseases cost the nation even more in recent years than we had forecast using historical trends. The report also includes recommendations for improving outcomes and reducing costs.