Cost Of 10 Most Expensive Health Conditions Near $500 Billion
Estimated spending for the 10 most expensive conditions:
-- Heart conditions $76 billion
-- Trauma disorders $72 billion
-- Cancer $70 billion
-- Mental disorders, including depression $56.0 billion
-- Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease $54 billion
-- High blood pressure $42 billion
-- Type 2 diabetes $34 billion
-- Osteoarthritis and other joint diseases $34 billion
-- Back problems $32 billion
-- Normal childbirth $32 billion
AHRQ, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, works to enhance the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care in the United States. The data in this AHRQ News and Numbers summary are taken from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, a detailed source of information on the health services used by Americans, the frequency with which they are used, the cost of those services, and how they are paid.
For the medical care costs of other conditions in 2005, go to http://www.meps.ahrq.gov, and under "MEPS Topics" click on "Health Care Costs," then "Expenditures by Medical Condition," and then click on Table 3.
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