Heart disease and cancer top medical expenditures for adults

Heart disease and cancer are the most costly health conditions in adults, according a to a report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 

The report examined data from the Medical Panel Expenditure Survey from 2008. 

Key findings include:

  • In 2008, the top 10 costliest medical conditions for both men and women were heart disease, cancer, mental disorders, trauma-related disorders, osteoarthritis, asthma, hypertension, diabetes, back problems, and hyperlipidemia.
  • Heart disease was the costliest condition in both men and women.
  • Hypertension was the most commonly reported condition of the top 10 most costly conditions.
  • Nearly twice as many women had expenditures on mental disorders than men.

(Sources: AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, July 26, 2011; Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, http://www.ahrq.gov/, July 2011)