Health Insurance points to the “weight of chronic diseases” in health expenditure

The trend is confirmed year after year: “We see a concentration of health expenditure around chronic diseases”, a statement Thomas Fatôme during a presentation to the press of the new site “Data pathologies” retracing reimbursements for 57 categories of diseases , by region or department, from 2015 to 2020.

The most recent figures indeed show a total of 168 billion spent for the care of more than 66 million patients, including 104 billion for chronic pathologies, or 62%.

Part of it increased by one point compared to 2019, mainly due to the drop in “one-off” hospitalizations during the confinements due to the first waves of Covid-19.

But the analysis over several years highlights “extremely heavy factors which push upwards”, underlined Thomas Fatôme. In five years, the number of patients has thus increased by 440,000 for diabetes and 540,000 for cardiovascular pathologies.

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