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Author Topic: U.S. health care spending seen doubling in 10 years  (Read 578 times)

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Offline Miss Philicia

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U.S. health care spending seen doubling in 10 years
« on: February 21, 2007, 06:20:11 PM »
Another reason the US will eventually have no choice but to nationalize healthcare.  This will be 1/5th of our GDP.  Wildly inefficient.

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U.S. spending on prescription drugs, hospital care and other health services is expected to double to $4.1 trillion over the next decade, up from $2.1 trillion in 2006, a government report released Wednesday found.

Despite relative stability in recent years, nearly 20 cents of every dollar spent in 10 years will go toward health care, National Health Statistics Group economists said in their projections looking at 2006 to 2016.

Last year's health spending should make up about 16 cents for every dollar spent, they wrote in the journal Health Affairs.
Lead author John Poisal told reporters a major factor was an aging population as the “leading edge of the baby boom generation becomes eligible for Medicare,” the nation's insurance program for those age 65 and older.

Greater spending for prescription medications is expected to fuel much of the increase, Poisal and his team said, especially amid more aggressive treatment of diabetes, heart issues and conditions affecting the central nervous system.

Use of cheaper generic alternatives is also seen leveling off, the group found. Some drugs will be introduced in pill and other forms more easily available at pharmacies rather than injectable versions used only at doctor offices.

New therapies to treat cancer and other diseases could also increase prescription drug use, they added.
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: U.S. health care spending seen doubling in 10 years
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2007, 06:49:54 PM »
Thanks for posting,

I read the same ( simular article this morning, in the St. Petersburg times. Pretty distressing...something  certainly needs to be done. This is a health care crisis.( but then, health care has been in a crisis !!)


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