Health Economics Research Group
What We Do (Mission)
What We Do
The Milken Institute Health Economics Research Program uses economic analysis and research to identify and quantify important public health risk factors.
The Costs of Chronic Disease in the U.S.
Americans chronic health problems and diseases not only come at the expense of individuals well-being, they also constitute a massive burden on the U.S. economy.Learn More
Americas Obesity Crisis: The Health and Economic Costs of Excess Weight
This report calculates the prevalence and economic effects of diseases related to obesity and overweight in the United States.Learn More
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By the Numbers
The Health and Economic Costs of Chronic Diseases
In 2016, 180.5 million people—or 60.7 percent of the population ages 2 and over—were either obese or overweight.
In 2016, the total costs in the U.S. for direct health care treatment for chronic health conditions totaled $1.1 trillion.
Amount wasted annually in the US on unnecessary medical services, paperwork, fraud, and poor quality services, according to the Institute of Medicine.