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Selected research from leading health care experts whose findings have a direct bearing on public policies effecting medical progress. Research is chosen based on its quality and relevance by the Medical Progress Today editorial staff.

Selected Research

Which Medical Conditions Account For The Rise In Health Care Spending?
Curtis S. Florence, Peter Joski, Kenneth E. Thorpe, Health Affairs, 8-25-04

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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