Medicare expenses for heart attack patients have risen since 1998

09/23/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

More people in the U.S. survived a heart attack in 2008 compared with 15 years ago, and Medicare costs for treating each patient hospitalized for a heart attack increased by 16.5%, or $6,100, between 1998 and 2008, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Most of the extra expenses were for hospice care, home care, nursing homes, medical equipment and outpatient treatment.

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