AHRQ Stats

Image of AHRQ Stats graph. Fewer Hispanics than blacks and whites received care for high blood pressure in 2010

Fifteen percent of Hispanics received medical care for high blood pressure in 2010 compared with 30 percent of blacks and 27 percent of whites. Spending averaged $981 for every Hispanic patient treated for blood pressure compared with $679 for white non-Hispanic patients. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Statistical Brief #404: Expenditures for Hypertension Among Adults Age 18 and Older, 2010: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population.) You can access the brief at http://go.usa.gov/TzsR.

Nearly 59 million U.S. adults treated for high blood pressure in 2010

Nearly 59 million U.S. adults age 18 and older were treated for high blood pressure in 2010. That total included 62 percent of seniors age 65 and older, 32 percent of adults age 45 to 64, and 6 percent of people age 18 to 44. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, MEPS Statistical Brief #404: Expenditures for Hypertension Among Adults Age 18 and Older, 2010: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population.) You can access the brief at http://go.usa.gov/TzsR.

Medical care spending for high blood pressure neared $43 billion in 2010

In 2010, spending on medical care for high blood pressure totaled nearly $43 billion, almost half of which—$20 billion—went to purchase prescription medicines. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, MEPS Statistical Brief #404, Expenditures for Hypertension Among Adults Age 18 and Older, 2010: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population.) You can access the brief at http://go.usa.gov/TzsR.

Current as of June 2013
Internet Citation: AHRQ Stats. June 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsletters/research-activities/13jun/0613RA41.html