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National Inpatient Hospital Costs: The Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, 2011

Published: by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Topic: Data Collection and Informatics | Resource type: Guides

Health care costs continue to grow faster than the economy, and the health share of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has maintained its upward trend, reaching 17.9 percent in 2011.1 Policymakers are among those who are increasingly concerned with the growing burden of medical care expenses to governments, consumers, and insurers. Hospital costs are often the focus of this concern, because they constitute the largest single component of health care spending.



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