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Of Medicare fee-for-service patients with chronic conditions, more are treated for diabetes than any other condition (24.3%).

Schneider, Kathleen M., Brian E. O'Donnell, and Debbie Dean. Prevalence of Multiple Chronic Conditions in the United States’ Medicare Population. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2009; 7: 82. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2748070/

Reference

Title
Prevalence of Multiple Chronic Conditions in the United States’ Medicare Population
Publication
Health Qual Life Outcomes
Publication Date
2009
Authors
Schneider, Kathleen M., Brian E. O'Donnell, and Debbie Dean
Pages
82
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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