Patients with Hypertension Estimated to Have $2000 Annually, $131B Nationally in Costs

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Those with hypertension had roughly 2.5 times more inpatient costs, almost twice the outpatient cost, and roughly triple the prescription medication cost annually.

In comparison with those that do not, patients with hypertension have an estimated $2000 more in health care expenditures annually, equating to an adjusted national expenditure of $131 billion, according to a new analysis.

Those with hypertension had roughly 2.5 times more inpatient costs, almost twice the outpatient cost, and roughly triple the prescription medication cost annually. However, this cost for patients has remained steady the last 12 years.

The analysis, led by Elizabeth Kirkland, MD, MSCR, an assistant professor of internal medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, utilized data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to make its calculations via a 2-part model over the period from 2003 to 2014. The data included 224,920 adults in the US, of which 36.9% had hypertension (n = 83,018).

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