Comparing the national economic burden of five chronic conditions.

  title={Comparing the national economic burden of five chronic conditions.},
  author={Benjamin G. Druss and Steve Marcus and Mark Olfson and Terri Tanielian and Lynn Elinson and Harold A. Pincus},
  journal={Health affairs},
  volume={20 6},
Using a nationally representative sample of 23,230 U.S. residents, we examine patterns of economic burden across five chronic conditions: mood disorders, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and hypertension. Almost half of U.S. health care costs in 1996 were borne by persons with one or more of these five conditions; of that spending amount, only about one-quarter was spent on treating the conditions themselves and the remainder on coexistent illnesses. Each condition demonstrated substantial… CONTINUE READING

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