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Rising healthcare costs yield benefit

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Use of diagnostic cardiac catheterization and angioplasty increased significantly between 1987-2000, replacing less costly and less effective heart disease treatments, an Aug. 25 Health Affairs study by Kenneth Thorpe, Emory University, et al., finds. Chronic heart conditions accounted for an estimated 8% of the increase in total healthcare spending, ahead of pulmonary conditions, mental disorders, cancer and hypertension. All together, the five conditions accounted for one-third of the increase...

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