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Medical expenses for Medicare patients with pneumonia higher

Medicare patients hospitalized for pneumonia have medical expenses—during the hospitalization and for a year afterwards—that are $15,682 higher than in Medicare patients without pneumonia.

Thomas C, Ryan M, Chapman J, Stason W, et al. Incidence and Cost of Pneumonia in Medicare Beneficiaries. Chest. 2012; 142(4): 973-81. http://journal.publications.chestnet.org/article.aspx?articleid=1215975

Reference

Title
Incidence and Cost of Pneumonia in Medicare Beneficiaries
Publication
Chest
Publication Date
2012
Authors
Thomas C, Ryan M, Chapman J, Stason W, et al
Volume & Issue
Volume 142, Issue 4
Pages
973-81
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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