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Distribution of health care costs for older adults, 2013

In 2013, the majority of health care costs for older adults went towards insurance, followed by medical services, drugs, and medical supplies.

A Profile of Older Americans: 2014; 2015. https://www.acl.gov/sites/default/files/Aging%20and%20Disability%20in%20America/2014-Profile.pdf. Accessed July 1, 2015

Reference

Title
A Profile of Older Americans: 2014
Publication Date
2015
URL
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Categories

  • Today's Older Population

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