Chronic diseases

CHRONIC DISEASES

Chronic diseases are long lasting pathologies which evolve over time and need continuous care. Affected patients must learn how to live with these invalidating diseases which have a huge impact on social, professional and daily-life of the patients.
The impact of chronic diseases on the lives of patients is therefore not confined to a mere degradation of health, but also implies reduced autonomy and a poorer quality of life.

Diseases steadily growing

  • Hypertension, asthma, diabetes, cancer… Chronic diseases affect today almost 20 million patients in France and 2.2 million in Switzerland.
  • These figures are constantly increasing owing to lengthening life expectancy, medical and technological progress, as well as sedentary lifestyle.

A challenge in terms of prevention and healthcare

  • Despite being the first cause of mortality in the world, chronic diseases are still poorly diagnosed as well as feebly treated.
  • Patients often find themselves facing long lasting pathologies with scarce education and insufficient support over time, thus leading to a high rate of non-observance of the prescribed treatments. Chronic diseases represent therefore a challenge in terms of prevention and care providing.

KEY FIGURES IN FRANCE

20 million patients with chronic diseases

75% deaths and disabilities

12 000 deaths related to non-compliance

9 billion euros of additional costs