Top Five Conditions Among Adults

MEPS Statistical Brief No. 471

The Top Five Most Costly Conditions Among Adults, a statistical brief from the Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, presents data regarding medical expenditures associated with the five most costly conditions for adults age 18 and older. The estimates have been separately presented for individuals ages 18–64 and the elderly age 65 and older in 2012. The five most costly conditions among adults ages 18–64 were trauma-related disorders, cancer, mental disorders, heart conditions, arthritis, and other non-traumatic joint disorders.

The top five most expensive conditions were determined by totaling and ranking the expenses by condition for all medical care provided in 2012.

Highlights

  • Four of the five most costly conditions were the same for adults ages 18-64 and the elderly in 2012.
  • The five most costly conditions among adults ages 18-64 were trauma-related disorders, cancer, mental disorders, heart conditions, and arthritis and other non-traumatic joint disorders.
  • For those over 65 years of age, heart conditions, cancer, arthritis and other non-traumatic joint disorders, trauma-related disorders, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma ranked highest in terms of direct medical spending in 2012.
  • Among adults ages 18-64, the highest average per person expense was for cancer treatment ($8,125).
  • Among the elderly, almost 15 million reported expenses for treatment of arthritis and other non-traumatic joint disorders.

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Page last reviewed April 2015
Internet Citation: Top Five Conditions Among Adults : MEPS Statistical Brief No. 471. April 2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/meps1.html