Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Study on Estimates of National Personal Health Spending by Medical Condition is Released

A study that provides estimates of national personal health spending by medical condition was published today in the Health Affairs Website. According to this article on BusinessWire.com the study came from research lead by Dr. Charles Roehrig of Ann Arbor and is called “National Health Spending by Medical Condition, 1996-2005.”

The study discusses how spending for mental disorders like dementia, depression, and anxiety accounted for roughly $142 billion in 2005, which was the most expensive condition. Heart conditions came in second accounting for $123 billion in 2005 or 8 percent of personal health spending. The research also discussed how personal health spending increased nearly 7 percent annually from the time period of 1996-2005.

You can view the full report here on the Health Affairs website.

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