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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.


Coping with Multiple Chronic Conditions
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  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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