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Low back pain alone was estimated to have contributed almost 3% to the total national increase in health care spending from 1987 to 2000.

Thorpe K, Florence C, Joski P. Which Medical Conditions Account for the Rise in Health Care Spending?. Health Aff. 2004; http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/early/2004/08/25/hlthaff.w4.437/suppl/DC1

Reference

Title
Which Medical Conditions Account for the Rise in Health Care Spending?
Publication
Health Aff
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Thorpe K, Florence C, Joski P
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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