September 16, 2011 12:47
More than 10 million people in Korea or one in three adults suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Analysis of statistics from the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service by lawmaker Won Hee-mok of the Grand National Party, the number of patients of leading chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, abnormal lipidemia, and cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases jumped by 29 percent from 8.52 million in 2006 to 10.99 million in 2010.
The cost of treatment soared nearly 60 percent from W2.15 trillion (US$1=W1,15) to W3.41 trillion over the past five years.
Many chronic disorders develop simultaneously. For example, diabetes patients often suffer from high blood pressure or hyperlipidemia, which eventually lead to heart attack and stroke.
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