Study Highlights Impact Of Chronic Conditions On Working America

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Chronic Conditions

A report released by the American Hospital Association quantifies the toll common chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and hypertension take on American workers. These three chronic conditions cause working Americans to miss an estimated 164 million work days each year at a cost of $30 billion to employers. Of these three conditions, asthma takes the greatest toll.

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"Millions of Americans are unnecessarily suffering from chronic conditions," said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA president and CEO. "One thing today's study demonstrates is the need to keep people feeling better -- able to go on with their lives and work. We can manage chronic conditions. The message is clear, preventive medicine and wellness programs must be central to our health care system."

Additionally, the study highlights that:

-- For every 1,000 working Americans, an estimated 1,221 work days are lost each year due to asthma, diabetes and hypertension.

-- Nationwide, asthma accounts for roughly 900 missed work days per 1,000 working Americans with the greatest impact in Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts where more than 1,200 work days were missed.

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