Facts at a Glance

About BCBST

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is a not-for-profit organization. The company:

  • Is the state’s leader in health care financing
  • Was founded in 1945 and now serves 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country
  • Paid almost 62 million claims and $8.7 billion in health care benefits in 2010
  • Has more than 5,000 employees
  • Is headquartered in Chattanooga, with regional offices in Jackson, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville
  • Provides benefits to about 16,000 companies
  • Contributed $7.7 million to Tennessee charities through community outreach efforts
  • Supports major statewide sponsorships, including the TSSAA state football and basketball championships, and Tennessee Senior Olympics
  • Is one of the largest TennCare providers (MCOs) in the state with approximately 455,000 members
  • Has a flagship network of providers, call Blue Network P, that includes:
  • 188 hospitals
  • 21,919 physicians
  • 2,265 pharmacies

National and State Health Care Facts

  • Americans spend more than $7,500 per person on health care services annually.
  • Spending on health care in the U.S. accounts for 16 percent of gross domestic product.
  • Tennesseans spend 3.4 percent more on average for health care than the U.S. average.
  • Tennesseans buy 17.3 prescriptions per person per year, compared to 12 nationally.
  • Despite paying more for health care, Tennesseans:
  • Have one of the highest rates of obesity nationally, 32.3 percent of all adults
  • Have a rate of 8.8 cases of diabetes per 100 residents, compared with a U.S. rate of 5.5
  • Have a smoking rate of 23 percent of adults, compared with a U.S. rate of 18.3 percent
  • Have a rate of 8.7 infant deaths per 1,000 births, compared to 6.8 nationally
  • 23 percent of Tennesseans participate in TennCare.
  • 15 percent of Tennesseans are uninsured.

Online Resources Offer More Info

For more information on BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, visit the company’s website at www.bcbst.com.

Mary Danielson, APR
(423) 535-7694 (office)
(423) 802-8322 (mobile)
E-mail: media@bcbst.com

Media Contact

Mary Danielson , APR

(423) 535-7694 (office)
(423) 802-8322 (mobile)