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133 million Americans have at least one chronic disease–45% of the total population.

Wu, Shin-Yi and Anthony Green. Projection of Chronic Illness Prevalence and Cost Inflation. RAND Corporation; 2000

Reference

Title
Projection of Chronic Illness Prevalence and Cost Inflation
Publisher
RAND Corporation
Publication Date
2000
Authors
Wu, Shin-Yi and Anthony Green

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

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