L’Assurance maladie points to the “weight of chronic diseases” in health care spending

According to Assurance maladie, dont les datos par pathologies will not be accessible through an open data site, les maladies chroniques present more and more heavy in health care costs.

A few days in a report expected on his tracks, the director of Assurance maladie, Thomas Fatôme, pointed out on Monday “the weight of chronic diseases” in these expenses, whose data by pathologies will be accessible from Tuesday through an open data site.

The trend is confirmed year after year: “we see a concentration of health spending around chronic diseases,” he said during a press release on the new site “Data pathologies” tracing reimbursements for 57 categories of diseases , by region or department, from 2015 to 2020. The most recent figures show a total of 168 billion spent on the care of more than 66 million patients, including 104 billion for chronic diseases, be 62%.

Part of the progression of a report point with 2019, essential due to the fall of “one-off” hospitalizations during the confinements due to the first waves of Covid-19. Several analyzes over the years have proved to be “extremely heavy factors that push up,” a soul of Thomas Fatôme.

“Not to say it’s too expensive”

In five years, the number of patients has increased by 440,000 for diabetes and 540,000 for cardiovascular disease. At the same time, the cost of treatments has jumped from 18% for “active cancers” and up to 50% for lung cancer, with the arrival of new treatments such as immunotherapy. “Good news for patient care,” said the health insurance boss, saying he was “not here to say it’s too expensive, but to make it clear.”

A kind of land preparation before the annual report “Expenses and products”, which aims to propose to the government ways to control health spending, upstream of the budget of the Secu presented in the fall. Without deflecting his expected proposals in late June or early July, he said that “the debate on health policy is all the more relevant because it is based on stagnant data,” adding that “our responsibility is to provoke this debate.” “. “.

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