The 80/20 Rule Healthcare Systems Obsess Over
Eighty percent of healthcare spending pays for the care of 20 percent of Americans with a chronic condition. In spite of that, chronic conditions account for 70 percent of deaths in the U.S. By 2030, the over-65-year-old population will triple, six out of ten will be managing more than one chronic illness, one out of three will be considered obese, and one out of two will have arthritis. Will we—as a society and as individuals—drown in the cost? Maybe not if we figure out how to coordinate care in this age of chronic illness.