Rapid Growth Expected in Number of Americans Who Have Chronic Conditions
In the year 2000, the U.S. population was 276 million. Nearly half of the population — 125 million Americans — live with some type of chronic condition.
About 60 million live with multiple chronic conditions. More than 3 million — 2.5 million women and 750,000 men — live with five such conditions.
This chart shows the current and projected numbers of people with single and multiple chronic conditions.
The Partnership for Solutions recently updated the groundbreaking study by Dorothy Rice and Catherine Hoffman on the prevalence and cost of chronic conditions. (Their findings were published in 1996 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.) Dr. Gerard Anderson first presented the Partnership's new findings on November 29, 2000 at the 15th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Check out the National Institute for Health Care Management's issue brief on cost and prevalence by Dr. Gerard Anderson