Stat!: Are Americans Getting Healthier?

  • Annual health care spending in the US: $2 trillion
  • Annual cost of treating chronic illness in the US: $1.5 trillion

Yes. Really.

And nearly half of us have at least one chronic health condition, including

  • Chronic pain – 116 million adults
  • Arthritis – 50 million
  • Type 2 diabetes – 25.6 million
  • “Cancer survivorship” – 12 million

“The best health care system in the world”? Hardly. Most expensive, you’d better believe it. (Here’s a look at how the US really fares.)

The really sad part? Such diseases are largely preventable, driven by lifestyle and environmental factors.

Choosing Wellness


Stats source: Institute of Medicine, via the LA Times


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One Response to Stat!: Are Americans Getting Healthier?

  1. wartica says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more; as long as people , are being educated about the benefits of good health, then you will most likely see a drop in diseases, cancers and deaths. Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you.

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