Healthcare spending and hypertension – the cost of high blood pressure
Hypertension affects 70 million American adults, or 1 in 3. It remains prevalent irrespective of age, sex, and race. High blood pressure is the #1 risk factor associated with heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. These facts make it a major topic of interest for Medicare, Medicaid, private health plans, and other insurers.
Direct healthcare spending to treat hypertension totaled $46 billion in 2014, with almost half ($23 billion) in the form of prescription drugs. The remaining included the cost of health care services, physician visits, hospital admissions and sick leave.
Healthcare costs are undermining business profits and successes. Employers not only pay higher medical costs, but it also leads to lower productivity, higher disability and injury rates and more workers’ compensation claims.