Health care costs: Tackling the big issues

No one strategy will bend the health care cost curve alone. By tackling the big opportunities first, like costly medical conditions, we can start to make a major impact. Continue reading to explore what’s possible. 

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Bend the health care cost curve by focusing on members with high cost claims driven by complex medical conditions. In a new video, Dr. Jon Friedman explains how an integrated benefit management plan can improve costs and the patient experience.


High-cost medical conditions: A way forward

Four complex, chronic conditions — oncology, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and renal disease — account for $455 billion in annual health care costs.

Rather than feeling daunted or discouraged by statistics on the high cost of treating complex conditions, health care leaders have the opportunity to drive lasting impact.

Optum is dedicated to understanding these conditions and the people affected by them. Explore research, expert insights and capabilities to see how we can help you improve clinical outcomes and the care experience for the people you serve while reducing the total cost of care.

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