Wednesday, June 6, 2018

High Blood Pressure Means High Spending

A new article in the Journal of the American Heart Association, Trends in Healthcare Expenditures Among US Adults With Hypertension: National Estimates, 2003–2014 found individuals with high blood pressure, or hypertension, had higher expenditures than those without the disease.

How much more?

Relative to individuals without hypertension, individuals with hypertension had $1920 higher annual adjusted incremental expenditure, 2.5 times the inpatient cost, almost double the outpatient cost, and nearly triple the prescription medication expenditure. Based on the prevalence of hypertension in the United States, the estimated adjusted annual incremental cost is $131 billion per year higher for the hypertensive adult population compared with the non-hypertensive population.

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