Statistics about Chronic Conditions

The cost of chronic conditions is staggering - both to individuals and to our health care system.  Beyond the financial costs, there are physical costs to individuals whose quality of life often deceases as they cope with their condition.  Here are some alarming statistics:


  • Chronic diseases account for 75% of the $1.4 trillion we spend on health care in the U.S. every year
  • 95% of health care spending for older people is attributed to chronic conditions
  • Four diseases or conditions account for 2/3 of all deaths each year: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes
  • 80% of older people have at least one chronic condition; 50% have at least two conditions
  • The prevalence of chronic conditions is greater among minority populations
  • More than 1.7 million Americans die of a chronic disease each year