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15 diseases account for 50% of the rise in health care costs

By Andy Miller
Cox News Service

ATLANTA - A new Emory University study found that 15 medical conditions led to about half of the $200 billion rise in U.S. health spending from 1987 to 2000.
The study, published on the Web site of the journal Health Affairs, said five of those conditions - heart disease, trauma, cancer, pulmonary conditions and mental disorders - accounted for 31 percent of the growth in health spending over that period.

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