Chronic conditions afflict more than half of Americans

September 2008
Employee Benefit News;Sep2008, Vol. 22 Issue 11, p36
The article discusses the increase in insured U.S. citizens who are being treated for a chronic medical condition, and its impact on employee health benefit programs. According to a report from the pharmacy benefit manager Medco, about 51% of the insured were taking prescription drugs to treat at least one chronic health problem in 2007. Medco also forecast an increase in drug utilization by 2% to 3% in 2008 and the same amount in 2009 and 2010. The utilization of drugs in the treatment of diabetes, mental illness, pain and heart diseases is assessed.


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