Over the past ten years healthcare has changed drastically, with longer life spans, and greater prevalence of chronic; this alone has placed a huge demand on our healthcare system. Ongoing illnesses are the most popular associated with healthcare costs. Nursing homes are the number one place you can find these ongoing illnesses and long term care services ((Kimbuende, Eric pg.1). Some of the disease that is affecting our HealthCare so greatly is: Alzheimer’s disease, Diabetes, and Cancer (Swartz, Kimberly pg.1). The mortality rate for Alzheimer’s disease is decreasing which in return makes our healthcare cost rise for the medication the patients need to stay alive.The Changing Aspects of Healthcare Together, these trends account for the predicted increase in the number of people living with Alzheimer’s from 5 million today to 16 million by 2050 (Swartz, Kimberly pg.1). The average annual cost
for an Alzheimer’s patient with Medicare triple that of a patient without Alzheimer’s.
Whereas the mortality of the previous disease is declining, the mortality of diabetes in the general population is increasing by 1.2% annually. “Currently 10 percent of health care dollars
are spent on overall direct costs related to diabetes, amounting to $92 billion a year (Swartz, Kimberly pg.1).” Control and Prevention predicts that spending on diabetes care will reach $192 billion in 2020.
Cancer is one of the leading reasons for the healthcare increase.The Changing Aspects of Healthcare