The risk to Baby Boomers that no one is thinking about
- Two out of three cases of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) are among Baby Boomers
- Only 22% of those infected with HCV are diagnosed
- Long-term consequences of HCV include cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure
The financial implications of these dynamics could become significant: the cost of treating advanced liver disease in HCV patients could reach $85 billion annually in the next two decades, according to the study. As many people focus attention on how to reduce the cost of healthcare, lurking risks like these demonstrate the difficulty in solving the healthcare affordability challenge.