Individuals and governments spend trillions of dollars in health care. The bulk of the funds go to hospital care and physician care. From 1960 ($147) to 2011($8,311), per capita spending on health care rose 5,400 percent. The projection of per capita spending in 2020 is $13,000. This increase in per capita spending is comparable to paying $13.50 for a gallon of gas or a tube of toothpaste.

In an emergency room, the top five causes of health related deaths are heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, accidents and Alzheimer’s disease. Heart disease topped the list by claiming almost twenty-five percent of the deaths. The cost of heart disease is $444 billion. Cancer, the second cause of death, costs $226 billion; in their lifetime, one in two men and one in three women will get a form of cancer. Diabetes, often referred to as “America’s silent killer,” affects 25.8 million Americans. Obesity is a contributor to heart disease, cancer and diabetes; Mississippi leads the way as America’s heaviest state.

Source: Masters in Healthcare

infographic showing american health statistics

American Health Statistics

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