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Spending on dementia

Health care spending for dementia patients in their last 5 years of life is more than $250,000 per person.  This is 57% greater than costs associated with death from other diseases–including cancer and heart disease.

Kelley A, McGarry K, Gorges R, Skinner J. The Burden of Health Care Costs for Patients with Dementia in the Last 5 Years of Life. 2015; doi:10.7326/M15-0381. http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2466364&resultClick=3

Reference

Title
The Burden of Health Care Costs for Patients with Dementia in the Last 5 Years of Life
Publication Date
2015
Authors
Kelley A, McGarry K, Gorges R, Skinner J
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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