SOURCE: HealthPartners

March 05, 2007 11:17 ET

Health Care Costs to Increase in Specific Clinical Areas Due to Aging Boomers

New Study: Kidney Disorders / Heart and Vascular Conditions Costs Projected to Be the Most Affected By the Aging U.S. Population

BLOOMINGTON, MN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 5, 2007 -- A new study by HealthPartners published in the current Health Services Research journal is the first to identify clinical areas projected to experience the greatest growth and account for the greatest per capita cost increases over the next several decades as a result of the aging U.S. population.

"These findings are significant because this is the first time projected health care cost changes due to aging have been reported at this clinically relevant level of detail," said E. Mary Martini, the study's lead investigator and senior consultant, HealthPartners Health Informatics. "While aging of the U.S. population is not projected to be a major driver of the rising cost of health care overall, only 0.3 percent annually from 2000 - 2050, we project per capita costs in several clinical areas will dramatically increase."

--  Kidney Disorders - 55 percent increase
--  Heart & Vascular Conditions - 44 percent increase
--  Urologic Conditions - 36 percent increase
--  Eye Conditions - 33 percent increase
--  Lung Conditions - 31 percent increase
    
The two areas with the greatest decreases in projected per capita costs include:
--  Pregnancy and Infertility Care - 12 percent decrease
--  Chemical Dependency - 7 percent decrease
    
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