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Each year, older adults who have 5 or more chronic illnesses visit, on average, 14 different physicians, make 37 physician office visits, and have 50 prescriptions filled.

Anderson G. Medicare and Chronic Conditions. New England Journal of Medicine. 2005; 353: 305-309. http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMsb044133

Reference

Title
Medicare and Chronic Conditions
Publication
New England Journal of Medicine
Publication Date
2005
Authors
Anderson G
Pages
305-309
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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