Cost trends for chronic-condition cohorts with Medicare benefits

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By Bruce S. Pyenson, Donna L. Kalin, Kathryn V. Fitch, Kosuke Iwasaki | 01 May 2008

Conventional wisdom holds that the cost of chronic care is a major factor in the rising overall cost of healthcare. This makes sense intuitively. But what does the data say?

Our analysis of chronic and non-chronic Medicare populations turns conventional wisdom on its head. On a per-patient basis, we found that non-chronic patients have a higher rate of healthcare cost increase than do those with chronic conditions.