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Chronic Illness Spells Financial Burden, Even With Insurance Print E-mail
Written by Austin B. Frakt, PhD | News@JAMA   
Friday, 11 September 2015 15:01

The highly skewed distribution of health spending is a phenomenon well known to health economists. About 5% of the population accounts for half of spending and the most costly 1% accounts for one-fifth of it. Less widely known is the extent to which high spending persists over time, despite the important health policy and financing consequences that follow from it.

For many of those costly patients, their health coverage may provide inadequate protection against the burden of persistent and substantial medical expenses.

Two groups of costly patients engage the health system differently...

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Last Updated on Friday, 25 September 2015 19:08
 


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