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Addressing the rising cost of health care

Health care spending in the United States is $3 trillion a year, straining the budgets of families, businesses and taxpayers alike. In fact, the price of medical care is the single biggest factor behind U.S. health care costs, accounting for 90 percent of spending.

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—and lifestyle behaviors are among the most common, costly and often preventable of all health problems. 

BCBS companies are ENABLING HEALTHIER LIVING and improving health care quality and affordability.

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Addressing the high cost of chronic disease

Treating people with chronic disease accounts for 90 percent of U.S. health care spending

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HERE ARE THREE KEY FACTORS DRIVING U.S. HEALTH CARE COSTS

As health care partner to one in three Americans, BCBS companies are helping people get healthy faster and stay healthy longer.

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