Silver Book Fact

2/3 of Medicare expenditures are for the 9.5 million beneficiaries who have 5 or more chronic conditions.

Medical News Today. Coping with Multiple Chronic Conditions. 21-Jul-2005. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=27796

Reference

Title
Coping with Multiple Chronic Conditions
Publication Date
21-Jul-2005
Authors
Medical News Today
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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