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Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Mar-Apr;28(2):w358-67. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.28.2.w358. Epub 2009 Feb 24.

National health spending by medical condition, 1996-2005.

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Altarum Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.


This study responds to recent calls for information about how personal health expenditures from the National Health Expenditure Accounts are distributed across medical conditions. It provides annual estimates from 1996 through 2005 for thirty-two conditions mapped into thirteen all-inclusive diagnostic categories. Circulatory system spending was highest among the diagnostic categories, accounting for 17 percent of spending in 2005. The most costly conditions were mental disorders and heart conditions. Spending growth rates were lowest for lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, coronary heart disease, and stroke, perhaps reflecting benefits of preventive care.

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