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Health Care Costs: 1965-2004

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  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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  • In 2004, hospital spending, which is 30% of national heath expenditures, increased by 8.6%.  
  • In 2004, average annual prescription drug costs for noninstitutionalized Medicare enrollees over 65 was $2,107 per person.  
  • Physician and Home Health Care Visits Increase with the Number of Chronic Conditions  
  • People with Chronic Illnesses and Activity Limitations Have More Physician Visits  
  • In 2009, half of the adult population in the U.S.—133 million—was living with at least one chronic disease.