Data show health care spending driven by higher costs, not aging population

11/13/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

Researchers reporting in the Journal of the American Medical Association noted that 91% of the rise in U.S. health care spending was attributed to annual increases in the prices of drugs, devices and hospital care, not a growing population of elderly patients. The study also showed that chronic conditions in patients younger than 65 were responsible for two-thirds of total U.S. health care spending.

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