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Chronic conditions crank up health costs

USA Today, September 9, 2009
Nearly half of Americans have a chronic condition, and 75% of the $2.6 trillion spent annually on healthcare goes to treat patients with long-term health problems, says Kenneth Thorpe, a professor at Atlanta's Emory University and head of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. In the Medicare program, 95% of spending is linked to a chronic disease.