Few Conditions Compelling Employer Healthcare Spending

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Five common conditions, consisting of several chronic ones, drive employer healthcare spending and might be able to impact the payer’s overall spending.

ASTHMA

It is one of the leading factors of employer healthcare spending. The instance of asthma was around 31 percent higher in women.

While income levels did not pose to be a differentiating factor, the condition was most prevalent in the highest income level and the lowest one.

Suburban Maryland, Philadelphia, Northeast Pennsylvania, San Antonio, and Dallas are some of the places with the highest number of covered lives with asthma.

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DIABETES

This disease is around 20 percent more common in men.

Income is a factor deciding who gets a prescription to lower blood sugar or promote insulin.

Most of the covered lives with diabetes are from diabetes hotspots that include eastern Kentucky, several cities in Ohio and North Carolina, Greenville, and Columbia.

HYPERTENSION

Around 45 percent of Americans suffer from hypertension. Moreover, this condition is highly impacted by income. According to a report, the highest prevalence of hypertension was prominent in the lowest income bracket.

Incidents of hypertension are most common in the south and Midwest region of the country including South Carolina, Arkansas, Ohio, Texas, and Missouri.

BACK DISORDERS

Prevalence of back disorders was particularly common in women.

Unlike asthma, there is a direct correlation between a higher prevalence of back disorders and lower-income. 

In most cases, factory jobs were responsible for back disorders. This is why most of the cases of back disorders occurred in the Midwest and rural communities.

Chiropractic care and physical therapy were mostly responsible for reduced use and lower healthcare spending on prescription drugs due to this condition.

MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Women, more specifically, dependent females, were most likely to struggle with mental health or substance use disorders.

Such disorders are equally spread in both rural and urban areas. However, a report suggests that the prevalence of mental health and substance use disorders in rural areas might not be appropriately measurable due to a lack of mental healthcare resources.

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