Diabetes and vision problems were included in the top 10 most costly health expenses in the United States in 2013, according to a new study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).
According to the study, just 20 conditions made up more than half of all spending on health care in the U.S. Diabetes was the number one most expensive condition, totaling $101 billion in diagnoses and treatment costs. Vision and hearing problems combined for the 8th spot on the list, totaling $59 billion in health care spending.
Additionally, researchers found women aged 85 and older spent the most per person in 2013 at more than $31,000 per person, and only 6 percent of personal health care spending was on well-care.
The study was recently published in JAMA.
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Source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation