• 5% of babies born to U.S. mothers with possible Zika in 2016 had birth defects.
  • 10% of babies born to mothers with confirmed Zika had birth defects.
  • 15% of babies born to mothers with confirmed Zika in the first trimester had birth defects.
  • Only 1 in 4 babies with possible congenital Zika were reported to have received brain imaging after birth.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, April 7

Heroin Use Disorder Rate Triples

  • 1.6%:  The proportion of U.S. adults who reported using heroin at some point in their lives when surveyed in 2012–13.
  • 0.7%: The proportion who met the criteria for a heroin use disorder (dependence on or abuse of the drug).
  • These figures were up from 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively, in 2001–02. The study showed the greatest increases among men, whites, those with low income and education, and — for heroin use disorder — younger people.

Source: Silvia S. Martins et al., "Changes in U.S. Lifetime Heroin Use and Heroin Use Disorder," JAMA Psychiatry, March 29, 2017

Physician Wait Times Grow

  • A survey of 15 major cities found that the average time to schedule a new patient physician appointment has increased by 30% since 2014 and stands at 24 days.
  • Average wait time was higher in mid-sized cities at 32 days.
  • Boston had the highest average new patient physician appointment wait time of the 15 largest cities surveyed at 52 days on average. 
  • Dallas had the lowest average physician appointment wait time of the 15 largest cities surveyed at 14.8 days.
  • Average rate of physician Medicare acceptance is 85% in large markets and 81% in mid-size markets.
  • Average rate of physician Medicaid acceptance is 53% in large markets and 60% in mid-size markets.

Source: 2017 Survey of Physician Appointment Wait Times and Medicare and Medicaid Acceptance Rates, Merrit Hawkins, March 20, 2017.

The Cost of Neurological Disease

  • Neruological diseases impact an estimated 100 million Americans each year.
  • Current estimated annual cost of the nine common neurological diseases (Alzheimer’s and other dementias, chronic lower back pain, stroke, traumatic brain injury, migraine headache, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, traumatic spinal cord injury, Parkinson's disease) in the U.S., is nearly $0.8 trillion ($789 billion in 2014 dollars).
  • Cost of dementia and stroke alone are projected to total more than $600 billion by 2030 (calculated in 2014 dollars).

Source: Clifton L. Gooch, M.D., et al.,”The burden of neurological disease in the United States: A summary report and call to action,” Annals of Neurology, April 22, 2017.