25 Amazing Infographics and Studies Showing the Cost of Sickness

January 05, 2010

It seems that no one can escape the topic of health care and its costs today, but do you really know the full impact of these costs? Over the past decade, many institutions and scholars have pulled together infographics and studies that show costs for various illnesses on specific populations, or on specific illnesses on a regional or worldwide scale. These studies can help readers understand the full financial impact created by economics and by various illnesses, including chronic diseases and food-borne illnesses.

The following list of twenty-five amazing infographics and studies show the cost of sickness in two categories: Various illness Cost Reports and Cost of Specific Illnesses and Treatments. Each link within these two categories is listed alphabetically by article title. These articles include a wide range of perspectives including opinion and scholarly papers.

Various Illness Cost Reports

  1. An Assessment of OECD Health Care System Using Panel Data Analysis: The health care delivery system of twenty five OECD nations, including the United States, is analyzed in this paper, along with the impact of economic, institutional, and social factors in determining dependent variables are measured and evaluated.
  2. Bankruptcy Reform and the Costs of Sickness: Exploring the Intersections [PDF]: Melissa Jacoby delves into the connection between medical-related financial distress among bankruptcy filers.
  3. Cost of Disease in the United States in the Year 2000 [PDF]: A good resource to use as a comparison for later reports, originally published in Public Health Reports.
  4. Cost of Illness: The Centers for Disease Control offers this report on how to determine the cost of illness (COI) in the U.S. and beyond.
  5. Cost of Illness Handbook: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides a report on COI and various factors that can mitigate that cost.
  6. Cost-of-Illness Studies: Research Triangle Institute (RTI) produced several reports on COI conditions and studies, including reports from the 2000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) report, “Disease-Specific Estimates of Direct and Indirect Costs of Illness and NIH Support.”
  7. Long-Term Cost of the American Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009; As Amended by the Energy and Commerce Committee In August 2009 [PDF]: The Lewin Group, a national health care and human services consulting firm, released this report conducted for The Peter G. Peterson Foundation, a group dedicated to increasing public awareness of the nature and urgency of key fiscal challenges threatening America’s future.
  8. Naughty Max Baucus: “The only thing that’s not on the table is a single-payer system.”: Scroll down the page to view charts and graphs that show statistics on what the United States spends per capita to provide health care to the population, international comparison of spending on health 1980-2006 and many more charts with similar focuses.
  9. Paying With Their Lives – The Cost of Illness for Children in Africa: This 2006 report focuses on healthcare costs for African children and how those fees effect wellness.
  10. Price of Sickness [PDF]: USA Today provides a resource for teachers to teach statistics; but, it also provides an interesting snapshot on the cost of average prescription-drug price in dollars.
  11. Work Absence in Europe [PDF]: This report focuses in sickness absence in europe and build on an analytical framework in which absence enters both labor supply and demand considerations.
  12. Workforce Information Report March 2009 [PDF]: This report provides an example of charts and statistics used to represent the Nottinghamshire Community Health Board about status of a variety of workforce indicators, including sickness absence rates and estimated cost of sickness.

Cost of Specific Illnesses and Treatments

  1. An Online Cost Calculator for Estimating the Economic Cost of Illness Due to Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli (STEC) 0157 Infections: The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides statistics on the costs of food-borne illnesses.
  2. An Unhealthy America: The Economic Burden of Chronic Disease: The Milken Institute details the financial impact created by chronic disease on the U.S. economy in terms of treatment costs and lost worker productivity.
  3. Cost Does Not Equal Equality: This New York Times chart showcases the amount a hospital receives for heart bypass surgery and how it does not relate to how patients actually fare from that surgery.
  4. Cost of Illness of Alzheimer’s Disease: How Useful Are Current Estimates? The abstract for this article is detailed, including links. You can download the entire article from links in the upper and lower right corners of this page.
  5. Cost of Illness of Hyponatremia in the United States: Hyponatremia is the most common electrolyte disorder encountered in clinical medicine and is associated with negative outcomes in many chronic diseases.
  6. Cost-of-Illness and Willingness-to-Pay Estimates of the Benefits of Improved Air Quality: Evidence from Taiwan: This report compares the COI and WTP estimates of the damages from minor respiratory symptoms associated with air pollution using data from a study in Taiwan in 1991-92.
  7. Depression: Cost-of-illness Studies in the International Literature, a Review [PDF]: What does depression cost for patients and medical institutions and what are its implications for health policies? Read this report, developed in Italy, to learn more.
  8. Results of America’s Drug War: Statistics and graphs showcase the cost of America’s war on drugs compared to the Netherlands and other statistics.
  9. The Burden of Illness of Cancer: Economic Cost and Quality of Life: Learn more about the main measures of burden of disease as related to cancer through this online report, prepared by the National Cancer Institute.
  10. The Dementia Worldwide Cost Database: This European report shows a cost model based upon a combination of prevalence estimates, country and region specific data on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per person and average wage.
  11. The Economic Costs of Infectious Diseases: The Australian Parliament produced this report (with a graph) in 1993 to reveal the problems and costs behind Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
  12. The Growing Crisis of Chronic Disease in the United States [PDF]: This report, which includes charts, covers all chronic diseases such as heart disease, asthma, cancer and diabetes.
  13. Trends in the Early Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disease: Worldwide Market Opportunities: This market research article showcases the cost and market opportunities for vendors in the treatment of cardiovascular disease worldwide.

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