Addressing the rising cost of healthcare

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These expenditures reflect the cost of caring for those with chronic or long-term medical conditions, an aging population and the increased cost of new medicines, procedures and technologies.

Prescription drugs play a critical role in helping prevent, manage and cure various conditions and diseases, yet the COSTS ARE STRAINING FAMILY BUDGETS and INCREASING TAXPAYER COSTS.

Chronic diseases and conditions—such as arthritis, obesity, cancer and heart disease—are among the MOST COMMON, COSTLY AND OFTEN PREVENTABLE of all health problems.

Read how BCBS companies are ENABLING HEALTHIER LIVING and IMPROVING HEALTHCARE QUALITY and AFFORDABILITY.

HERE ARE THREE KEY FACTORS DRIVING U.S. HEALTHCARE COSTS

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PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Between 2010 and 2025, prescription drug prices are expected to increase by 136 percent.

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CHRONIC DISEASE

Treating chronic disease accounts for 86 percent of U.S. healthcare costs.

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LIFESTYLE

Americans’ lifestyle and behaviors are linked to costly chronic conditions.

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We support four strategies to create a pathway to affordable, high-quality care.
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