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Rising Out-Of-Pocket Spending For Chronic Conditions: A Ten-Year Trend

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    • In the United States, chronic disease accounts for 75% of the more than $2 trillion spent on health care per year.  
    • In 2005, a person with 3 or more chronic conditions who was 65 and older and insured through Medicare paid, on average, $2,588 in out-of-pocket medical expenses.  
    • The annual out-of-pocket medical costs for chronic disease rose from and average of $427 per American in 1996 to $741 in 2005.