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During final difficult days, Medicare spending spikes

Caring for Medicare patients in their final six months of life consumes one-third of all Medicare dollars.

During final difficult days, Medicare spending spikes

Nine of 10 Medicare patients die of chronic disease, and caring for them in their final six months of life absorbs one-third of all Medicare dollars. During that time, more than a third of chronically ill Medicare patients are treated by 10 or more doctors.

Today’s infographic  has more details – and with Medicare emerging as a top campaign issue, we hope it sparks discussion with your friends. Add a comment to our discussion thread below, too. How do you feel about the current state of Medicare funding?

What do others say?

  • : Dartmouth Atlas interactive: Total Medicare reimbursements per decedent More

  • : New York Times: Taking responsibility for death More

  • : NPR audio: The end of life More

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