SCOPE OF THE CHRONIC DISEASE BURDEN IN THE U.S:
In 2014, 7 of the top 10 causes of death were chronic diseases. Two of those conditions—heart disease and cancer—accounted for nearly 50% of all deaths (1).
By 2012, nearly half of all adults—117 million people—had one or more diagnosed chronic health conditions and one in four adults had two or more diagnosed chronic health conditions (2).
IMPACT OF CHRONIC DISEASE ON THE U.S. ECONOMY:
Each year the U.S. spends $3.67 trillion on healthcare. In 2018 that was 19.5% of the U.S. GDP, up from 5% in 1960 (6).