In its groundbreaking study, “An Unhealthy America: The Economic Impact of Chronic Disease,” the Milken Institute details the enormous financial impact of chronic disease on the U.S. economy – not only in treatment costs, but lost worker productivity – today and in the decades ahead. It also describes the huge savings if a serious effort were made to improve Americans’ health. Click on any of the links on this page to view the data by that category.
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Over 162 million cases of seven common chronic diseases — cancers, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, mental
disorders, and pulmonary conditions — were reported in The United States in 2003. These conditions shorten lives, reduce
quality of life, and create considerable burden for caregivers. The following map shows how states compare based on the
prevalence of the seven common chronic diseases.