The Economic Burden of Chronic Disease
Over 162 million cases of seven common chronic diseases — cancers, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, mental disorders, and pulmonary conditions — were reported in The United States in 2003. These conditions shorten lives, reduce quality of life, and create considerable burden for caregivers. This complex data set, accessible via the website "An Unhealthy America," is segmented by state, by disease, and by a variety of economic indicators (treatment expenditures, lost productivity, etc.).