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Michigan is paying price for unhealthy adults

Report on CHRT’s August 2010 issue brief “Health Care Cost Drivers: Chronic Disease, Comorbidity, and Health Risk Factors in the U.S. and Michigan.” Must pay fee to view full story.

Chronic Conditions Equal High Expenditures in Michigan

Chronic conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, and coronary artery disease, are attacking our wallets in Michigan. According to a new issue brief from the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT), average annual spending for someone with a chronic condition can cost from $3,785 to $38,270 more than someone with no chronic condition.

Chronic conditions are also disproportionally costly. Data from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan showed that the 35% of its patients with at least one chronic condition accounted for more than 64% of its total spending.

Not only are chronic conditions expensive, but personal health risk factors such as smoking and obesity have been shown to contribute to many of these conditions. At 20.5%, Michigan’s smoking rate is higher than the national average of 18.4 percent, and accounted for $3.3 billion in smoking-related health care expenditures.

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