Diabetes accounts for majority of U.S. healthcare spending
The second-highest amount of spending was on ischemic heart disease, estimated to be about $88.1 billion. However, Dieleman pointed out that that was essentially the same amount of spending in 1996 as there was in 2013, meaning there was very little growth, likely because of improvements in treatment and prevention.
“This information can be used to identify where new technologies and processes could be applied to help cut back on costs while still seeing the greatest return on investment,” Dieleman said. “In addition to the clinical implications of these findings, understanding how healthcare spending varies may help health system researchers and policymakers identify which health conditions, age and sex groups and types of care are driving spending increases.”