Whether or not you have heart failure, you’ll still have to pay part of the tab for the increasing costs of the condition.
By 2030, you — and every U.S. taxpayer — could be paying $244 a year for direct and indirect costs to care for heart failure patients, according to the American Heart Association. Indirect costs affect everyone, not just heart failure patients.
The association projects:
- Costs to treat heart failure could more than double from $31 billion in 2012 to $70 billion in 2030.
- The number of people with heart failure could climb 46 percent from 5 million in 2012 to 8 million in 2030 as the U.S. population ages.
The key to curbing expenses is to prevent the condition — treating underlying risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, smoking and heart disease. Improving treatment, access to care for the poor and minorities and insurance coverage could also curtail costs.