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Medicare beneficiaries with 5 or more chronic conditions see an average of 14 different physicians a year.

Alliance for Health Reform. Covering Health Issues: A sourcebook for journalists 2004. Washington, DC: Alliance for Health Reform; 2004. http://www.allhealth.org/sourcebook2004/pdfs/sb2004.pdf

Reference

Title
Covering Health Issues: A sourcebook for journalists 2004
Publisher
Alliance for Health Reform
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Alliance for Health Reform
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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