Over the last two decades, healthcare costs have become a major topic of conservation and a major worry for governments, businesses, healthcare providers and private citizens. Medicare and Medicaid capture nearly one-quarter of the U.S. federal budget, while according to Bloomberg, healthcare takes up more than 15% of consumer spending. Healthcare costs have likewise loomed large for many corporate pension plans and many companies have cut or stopped subsidizing health insurance costs for workers.
So, what are the biggest items on the national healthcare bill? While
there are a lot of complicating factors in the math (as well as
double-counting), it's fairly clear that heart disease, obesity,
diabetes and cancer make some of the largest demands on the U.S.