Face the Facts USA: One-third of Medicare goes for last months of chronically ill

Mercury News: 09/08/2012
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One third of total Medicare spending goes to treat chronically ill Medicare patients in the last six months of their lives. Nine out of ten Medicare patients die of chronic disease; in those last six months, more than one third of them are treated by ten or more doctors. Caring for chronic illness consumes 75% of all US health care spending.  Read more