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People with Multiple Chronic Conditions Are Much More Likely to be Hospitalized

Partnership for Solutions. Chronic Conditions: Making the case for ongoing care-September 2004 update. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University; 2004

Reference

Title
Chronic Conditions: Making the case for ongoing care-September 2004 update
Publisher
Johns Hopkins University
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Partnership for Solutions

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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  • People with Chronic Conditions Accounted for 85 Percent of All Health Care Spending in 2004