Chronic Care Statistics

by Dan Bui

  • Half of all adult Americans have a chronic condition – 117 million people
  • 99% of Medicare spending is on patients with chronic conditions
  • One in four Americans have 2+ chronic conditions
  • Two in Three Medicare beneficiaries have 2+ chronic conditions
  • One in three Medicare beneficiaries have 4+ chronic conditions
  • 7 of the top 10 causes of death in 2014 were from chronic diseases
  • People with chronic conditions account for 86% of national healthcare spending
  • Racial and ethnic minorities receive poorer care than whites on 40% of quality measures, including chronic care coordination and patient-centered care

Sources: CMS, CDC, Kaiser Family Foundation, AHRQ