Silver Book Fact
Between 1980 and 2000, annual age adjusted per person health care costs increased by $2,254 (102%) but were accompanied by significant health gains including: a 16% decline in annual death rates; a 4% increase in life expectancy from birth; a 25% decline in disability rates for people over 65-years-old; and a 56% decline in the number of hospital days.
MEDTAP International, Inc. The Value of Investment in Health Care: Better care, better lives. Bethesda, MD: MEDTAP; 2004. http://www.aha.org/content/00-10/08affordability-value.pdf