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Which Medical Conditions Account For The Rise In Health Care Spending?
A very small number of expensive diseases account for most of the increased growth in health care spending from 1987-2000. In fact, only 5 conditions accounted for 31 percent of the increase. However, despite widespread media concern about increasing health care expenditures, the authors believe that "higher spending on treating heart attacks, low-birthweight babies, cataracts, and depression has benefits that outweigh the increased costs." In other words quality, not cost, ought to be the driving force behind American health care policy.
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