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Saturday, October 31, 2015

End-of-Life Dementia

End-of-Life Dementia Costs More Than Heart D,.Cancer

Pauline Anderson
October 30, 2015
The study, which investigated social costs and financial risks faced by Medicare beneficiaries during the 5 years before death, found that healthcare spending for dementia topped $250,000 per person, about 57% more than costs associated with death from other diseases, including cancer and heart disease.
The new analysis, carried out by Amy S. Kelley, MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York, and colleagues, was published online October 27 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
"This complex analysis lays out the significant health care costs to society and individuals" at the end of life, said Richard J. Hodes, MD, director, National Institute on Aging (NIA), which funded the analysis, in a press release./.../

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