Top 10 traditional therapy classes in the U.S. by Medicare per-member-per-year (PMPY) spending in 2016 (in U.S. dollars)*

Leading medical traditional therapy areas by Medicare PMPY spending 2016 This statistic shows the leading traditional therapeutic areas in the United States in 2016, based on Medicare's per-member-per-year spending. Diabetes had the highest spend, costing Medicare almost 440 U.S. dollars per year and member.
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PMPY spending in U.S. dollars
Diabetes439.39
Pain/inflammation218.76
High blood cholesterol209.26
High blood pressure/heart disease200.21
Mental/neurological disorders161.08
Asthma140.78
Anticoagulants128.56
Heartburn/ulcer disease105.72
Urinary disorders88.38
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease82.82
PMPY spending in U.S. dollars
Diabetes439.39
Pain/inflammation218.76
High blood cholesterol209.26
High blood pressure/heart disease200.21
Mental/neurological disorders161.08
Asthma140.78
Anticoagulants128.56
Heartburn/ulcer disease105.72
Urinary disorders88.38
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease82.82
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This statistic shows the leading traditional therapeutic areas in the United States in 2016, based on Medicare's per-member-per-year spending. Diabetes had the highest spend, costing Medicare almost 440 U.S. dollars per year and member.
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Release date
February 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
2016
Supplementary notes
* PMPY metrics are calculated by dividing totals by the total number of member-months, which is determined by adding the number of months of eligibility for all members in the sample.
This statistic includes members with coverage for Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare beneficiaries included in this analysis received their prescription benefits from the following plan types: Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans (MAPDs), Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs) or Employer Group Waiver Plans (EGWPs).

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