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Fast Stats from the AHRQ

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: October 2009 - Volume 109 - Issue 10 - p 25
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000361480.91728.43
A Matter of Agency

Heart disease, cancer, trauma-related disorders, mental disorders, and asthma were the five costliest conditions in both 1996 and 2006, reported the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in July. Mental disorders and trauma-related disorders incurred the largest increase in expenditures (from $35 billion to $58 billion) during this 10-year period. Furthermore, the number of people with expenses for mental disorders nearly doubled from 19 million to 36 million. Mental disorders also topped the list for out-of-pocket expenses for both years. Cancer and heart disease were associated with the highest mean expenditures per person for both years.

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