The Diseases We Spend Our Health Dollars On – WSJ

Have a look at the disease breakdown of US Healthcare spending

one_dollarDrew Altman is president and chief executive officer of the Kaiser Family Foundation. He detailed for us a very interesting report published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The BEA analyzed health spending by disease from 2000 to 2010, sorting diseases and diagnoses into categories. As shown by the chart above, which is adapted from BEA data, Americans spent the most–$234 billion–on circulatory diseases such as hypertension and heart disease in 2010. Next came general preventive care and general medical care for everyday problems such as the common cold or flu, at $207 billion. Musculoskeletal problems such back pain or arthritis came in third at $170 billion. Some prominent disease categories represented smaller shares of spending. For example, cancer represented 6.7% of spending, or $116 billion, and mental health conditions including dementia and depression accounted for 4.6% of spending, or $79 billion. Read the WSJ article or The BEA report or have a look at The chart

The Value Of Cancer Care In The US Compared To Europe – Health Affairs

More value in Europe…

pillsDespite sharp increases in spending on cancer treatment since 1970 in the United States compared to Western Europe, US cancer mortality rates have decreased only modestly. This has raised questions about the additional value of US cancer care derived from this additional spending. Researchers Samir Soneji and Jae Won Yang calculated the number of US cancer deaths averted, compared to the situation in Western Europe, between 1982 and 2010 for twelve cancer types. They also assessed the value of US cancer care, compared to that in Western Europe, by estimating the ratio of additional spending on cancer to the number of quality-adjusted life-years saved. Read the abstract