The Costs of Chronic Diseases in the U.S.
Americans’ chronic health problems and diseases not only come at the expense of individuals’ well-being, they also constitute a massive burden on the U.S. economy. When including the costs of lost economic productivity, the total costs of chronic diseases in the U.S. is equivalent to almost one-fifth of the American economy.
This report assesses the overall economic impact of chronic health conditions in America.
- In 2016, the total costs in the U.S. for direct health care treatment for chronic health conditions totaled $1.1 trillion—equivalent to nearly six percent of the nation’s GDP.
- The most expensive conditions in terms of direct health care costs are diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and osteoarthritis.
- The most common chronic health conditions in the U.S. are hypertension (high blood pressure), dyslipidemia, and osteoarthritis.
- Obesity is by far the greatest risk factor contributing to the burden of chronic diseases in the U.S.