- 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
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(423) 802-8322 (mobile)