This article presents the health care utilization and costs for diseases of the circulatory system among 14,162 employees and their spouses based on medical insurance claims data analysis. Diseases of the circulatory system ranked first among insurance claims and costs accounting for 23% ($4.6 million) of the plan's total health care costs ($19.7 million) for the 1984 policy year. Overall, 57% of these expenditures were for hospital care, the proportion for hospital costs being as high as 64% for heart diseases and as low as 20% for hypertension. Male employees had higher utilization for both in-hospital and out-patient services than females. Utilization rates and costs dramatically increased for individuals 50 years or older. Costs for surgical and diagnostic procedures amounted to 8% of the total costs of circulatory system disorders. This article provides an example of the utility of claims analysis for morbidity surveillance. The analyses and parameters measured herein can be viewed as prerequisites to the development of health care management and health promotion strategies aimed at reducing health care cost for diseases of the circulatory system in a corporate setting.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health