The United States has one of the highest rates of pre-existing medical conditions in the developed world, according to new data released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In a report, the CDC said that nearly 22 million Americans have been diagnosed with at least one condition linked to medical care, with more than 3 million of those people being in need of medical care.
That figure includes 6.3 million adults and 3.2 million children who have been prescribed medication to treat an illness.
More:More:Doctors: More people are dying because of preexisting conditions than any other causeThe United States had more than 23 million people with a medical condition that required a doctor’s care in 2015, and about 6.1 million of them were in need, according the CDC.
In 2015, more than a quarter of all Americans with a preexisting condition needed medical care and nearly 2.2 billion Americans needed care in the year prior.
The latest data also showed that nearly 3 million Americans were living in poverty and nearly 1.4 million were living with chronic medical conditions.