Facts & Statistics
Of adult Americans, age 20 years or older, only 34 percent are not overweight or obese.
83 cents of every dollar spent in Medicaid goes to treating preventable and highly manageable chronic diseases, including diabetes, asthma, and hypertension.
Medication non-adherence is associated with a 5.4 times increased risk of hospitalization, rehospitalization, or premature death for patients with high blood pressure, when controlling for all other factors.
Over $18 billion is spent annually on avoidable emergency department visits.
Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are responsible for seven in 10 deaths and account for 75 percent of the nation’s healthcare spending.
In 2011, nearly 57 percent of office-based physicians used an electronic medical records/electronic health records system.
It is projected that by 2020 the U.S. will spend $685 billion a year in direct medical costs for persons with chronic diseases, and by 2050--$906 billion.
One in five high school students are current smokers.
More than half of all Americans have one or more chronic illnesses, many of which are preventable.
$96 billion of public and private healthcare spending is due to smoking.
A study assessing patient understanding of medications prescribed during a hospital visit found that, 44 percent of patients believed they were receiving a different medication than they were prescribed, and 96 percent were unable to recall the name of at least one medication that they had been prescribed.
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National Center for Health Statistics (2011). Electronic Health Record Systems and Intent to Apply for Meaningful Use Incentives Among Office-based Physician Practices: United States, 2001-2011.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2009). Chronic Diseases: The Power to Prevent, The Call to Control.
Trust for America’s Health (2011, October). Healthier Americans for a Healthier Economy.
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (2011, September 16). Toll of Tobacco in the United States of America.
University of Colorado Hospital (2009, December 10). UCH Study Highlights Lack of Patient Knowledge Regarding Hospital Medications.