Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Health Care: What Costs So Much?

People aged 65 or older account for almost one-third of the nation's total health care spending. The top five most expensive conditions among the elderly are heart problems, cancer, osteoarthritis, hypertension, and trauma-related disorders.

Source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, Top Five Most Costly Conditions among the Elderly, Age 65 and Older, 2008: Estimates for the U.S Civilian Noninstitutionalized Adult Population

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