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Between 2005 and 2010, total health care spending for people with dementia was more than $287,000 per person, nearly 60

Between 2005 and 2010, total health care spending for people with dementia was more than $287,000 per person, nearly 60% percent greater than costs associated with death from other diseases, such as cancer and heart disease.

The Burden of Health Care Costs for Patients With Dementia in the Last 5 Years of Life. Ann Intern Med. 2015; http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleID=2466364

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  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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