- 16% of the BCBSM population had at least one these chronic conditions, which accounted for 47% of total BCBSM spending.
- Average annual health care spending for someone with one of these conditions ranged from $13,801 (for an individual with diabetes) to $47,412 (for an individual with congestive heart failure). To compare, the average health care spending for someone without these chronic conditions hovered at $3,443.
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Mar 31, 2015 at 6:47pm
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Janice. We’re sorry to hear about the effect your condition has had on your life. If you’re a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan or Blue Care Network member, you may have access to BlueHealthConnection’s chronic condition management program which is meant to help people like you achieve the quality of life you want and deserve. If you have questions about what resources are included in your specific health plan, please submit an inquiry to our Customer Action Center. Best of luck!
Mar 29, 2015 at 10:49pm
I'm neither obese nor do I smoke, but I do belong to the 16%. I wish, oh how I wish I didn't. Living like this is no fun. People mean well, but when you hear things like 'just be positive and things will be okay'! You just smile and say yes. You get to the point where you don't talk to people about anything, you try to downplay everything and you retreat. While lifestyle choices will greatly affect many, a very large number in fact, there are people like me that lifestyle changes will help to improve your mood, but not your condition.