"It is important for physicians and their teams to work with patients to ensure they have the knowledge and confidence necessary to take control of their own health—where most health decisions happen—outside of the examination room."

—Susan Mende, senior program officer at RWJF.1

Individuals with no chronic conditions incurred $5,520 in health care costs on average. Those with five or more conditions incurred $24,658. Average costs among residents of long-term care facilities were $61,318, compared with only $13,150 among community residents.2