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Health Care Costs: 1965-2004

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

Related Facts

  • National health spending numbers are projected to reach $2.4 trillion for 2008.  
  • In 2000, there were 105,496 hospice patients.  
  • 5 chronic diseases–heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and diabetes–account for more than 2/3 of all deaths.  
  • In 2004, hospital spending, which is 30% of national heath expenditures, increased by 8.6%.  
  • Total Medicare spending reached $469.2 billion in 2008.