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Medicare spending is projected to almost triple from 3% of the U.S. GDP in 2006 to 8.8% by 2030.

The Rise in Spending Among Medicare Beneficiaries: The role of chronic disease prevalence and changes in treatment intensity. Health Aff Web site. http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/abstract/hlthaff.25.w378v1. Published 2006

Reference

Title
The Rise in Spending Among Medicare Beneficiaries: The role of chronic disease prevalence and changes in treatment intensity
Publication
Health Aff
Publication Date
Published 2006
Authors
Thorpe K, Howard D
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Future Economic Burden

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