Cost of Heart Disease & Stroke to the United States
Together, heart disease and stroke are among the most widespread and costly health problems facing the nation today, accounting for more than $312.6 billion* in health care expenditures and lost productivity annually—and these costs are rising. On a personal level, families who experience heart disease or stroke not only have to deal with medical bills but also lost wages and the real potential of a decreased standard of living.
Cost of Heart Disease & Stroke to Nevada
The direct costs associated with chronic disease are total charges incurred by an inpatient for the duration of their stay in a hospital.
Direct costs are not the only representation of economic burden that chronic diseases place on Nevada; indirect costs represent the productivity losses due to illness and premature death (Nicholson, 2006). The DeVol, Ross and Bedroussian (2007) study, which is endorsed by CDC and used by the Milken Institute, calculated that productivity losses are approximately four times greater than the direct medical cost of chronic disease. Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL) for the state of Nevada was calculated for persons under the age of 75 for 2011. Diseases of the heart and malignant neoplasms account for over 64,000 total years lost in Nevada annually.
- The cost of heart disease is 44.4% of the total costs or $1.80 billion. These are associated to direct medical expenditures in the State of Nevada.
- In Nevada, cancer was the 2nd highest economic burden in terms of direct medical costs at $745 million or 18.3% of the total burden in 2011.