Lack of Continuity Escalates the Impact of Chronic Diseases
The population of people with chronic conditions is growing rapidly. It is estimated that nearly 50% of Americans will be affected by chronic illness by 2025. Patients with chronic conditions account for 81% of hospital admissions; 91% of all prescriptions filled; and 76% of all physician visits.
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- Americans by 2025
Provider shortages and the lack of affordable care result in rural communities facing higher rates of chronic disease. Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and alcohol and substance abuse are all chronic conditions that disproportionately affect rural populations.