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Hospital spending accounted for 31% of all money spent on health care in 2005, which was the largest share of overall health spending.

Catlin, Aaron, Cathy Cowan, Stephen Heffler, Benjamin Washington, The National Health Expenditure Accounts Team. National Health Spending In 2005: The slowdown continues. Health Affairs. 2007; 26(1): 142-153

Reference

Title
National Health Spending In 2005: The slowdown continues
Publication
Health Affairs
Publisher
Project HOPE
Publication Date
2007
Authors
Catlin, Aaron, Cathy Cowan, Stephen Heffler, Benjamin Washington, The National Health Expenditure Accounts Team
Volume & Issue
Volume 26, Issue 1
Pages
142-153

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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