Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published the report on the Nation’s Health 2010 on February 16, 2011. According to this 34th annual health and fitness report of CDC around 15% Americans aged between 18 and 64 said that they have either skipped or delayed required medical care in the past 12 months due to the rising cost of medical bills in 2009. In 1997, it was only 11 percent of Americans under same age group who skipped or delayed their needed medical care. This health and fitness report also published that in 1997 it was only 6 percent people of United States who went without required prescription drugs due to costs; the number almost doubled to 11 percent in 2009. The rising cost of have also caused 17 percent Americans put off necessary dental care in 2009; this figure too was only 11 percent in 1997.
This health and fitness report also found that the number of working-age adults who had private health insurance decreased between 1999 and 2009. In 1999, there were 72 percent adult Americans aged 18 to 44 with private health insurance coverage. The number fell to 62 percent in the year 2009. However, the number of people covered by Medicaid, which is a United States health insurance program for the poor, went up to 10 percent in 2009 from 6 percent in 1999. Total personal healthcare costs in United States nearly doubled within the given period. It was $1 trillion in 1998, and in 2009 the healthcare cost was nearly $2 trillion. The health and fitness report of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also published that average annual growth for Medicare was 9 percent during this period. And for private health insurance and Medicaid, it was 8 percent, while the out-of-pocket expenditures had an average annual growth of 5 percent.
According to this health and fitness report, cholesterol-lowering drugs better known as statins became popular among a quarter of American adults who are 45 and older during 2005-2008, in order to ward off any kind of heart attack risks. In 1988-1994, there were only 2 percent American adults taking such medicines. This health and fitness report also revealed that older men are more likely to use drugs like statins than women. In 2005-2008, around half of the American men aged between 65 and 74 were taking drugs like statins, whereas more than a third of American women under the same age group used this cholesterol-lowering drug. This health and fitness report also mentioned that childhood allergies too are on the rise in United States. Children who had food allergies were only 3 percent in 1997-1999; however, it rose to 5% in 2007-2009. In 1997-1999, 7 percent children suffered from skin allergies. And in 2007-2009, the percentage rose to 11 percent.
This health and fitness report stated that there were about 2.5 million deaths in the United States in 2007, and half of those people were suffering from heart disease and cancer. Amongst them, 29 percent were the very old Americans aged 85 years and older. Adults between 75 and 84 years accounted for 27% of the total deaths. The infant mortality rates have decreased to 7 percent in 2007.
The National Center for Health Statistics of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compiled the health data from federal and state health agencies to publish their 34th annual report. This report was prepared by Amy B. Bernstein, Sc.D., of the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Maryland, along with some other colleagues to identify the changing trends in the health of the United States. The authors wrote “Monitoring the health of the American people is an essential step in making sound health policy and setting research and program priorities”.
Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics