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Medicare beneficiaries with 4 or more chronic conditions are 99 times more likely to be admitted to the hospital for ambulatory sensitive conditions, than Medicare beneficiaries without chronic conditions.

Wolff J, Starfield B, Anderson G. Prevalence, Expenditures, and Complications of Multiple Chronic Conditions in the Elderly. Arch Intern Med. 2002; 162(20): 2269-76. http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/162/20/2269

Reference

Title
Prevalence, Expenditures, and Complications of Multiple Chronic Conditions in the Elderly
Publication
Arch Intern Med
Publication Date
2002
Authors
Wolff J, Starfield B, Anderson G
Volume & Issue
Volume 162, Issue 20
Pages
2269-76
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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