In a new issue brief, CHRT staff member Abdullah Hammoud summarizes BCBSM’s health care spending in Michigan for five common chronic conditions:
- Coronary artery disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
The brief states that “in 2010, roughly 30 percent of total national health care spending—$347 billion—was associated with the following chronic conditions: heart conditions, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, diabetes, and hypertension.
The largest contributing factors to the increase in the prevalence of such conditions include physical inactivity, tobacco use, and poor diet. Currently, over 95 percent of Michigan adults report at least one behavior that may increase their risk for chronic conditions.”