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AFib Medicare cost

Medicare alone is estimated to pay $15.7 billion per year to treat newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation patients.

Sullivan, E, E Eisenhart, A Herr, C Hickey, F Hussain, P Mills, and S Sadownik. Medicare and Atrial Fibrillation: Consequences in cost and care. Washington, DC: Avalere Health; 2009. http://www.afstat.com/Docs/Pdf/Avalere_Medicare_AFib_report.pdf

Reference

Title
Medicare and Atrial Fibrillation: Consequences in cost and care
Publisher
Avalere Health
Publication Date
2009
Authors
Sullivan, E, E Eisenhart, A Herr, C Hickey, F Hussain, P Mills, and S Sadownik
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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