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Health care costs for dementia found greater than for any other disease.


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The most expensive cause of death is not heart disease or cancer -- it's dementia. One in three Americans dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia.

Here is the original study:

http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2466364

Holy carp:

Average total cost per decedent with dementia ($287 038) was significantly greater than that of those who died of heart disease ($175 136), cancer ($173 383), or other causes ($197 286) (P < 0.001). Although Medicare expenditures were similar across groups, average out-of-pocket spending for patients with dementia ($61 522) was 81% higher than that for patients without dementia ($34 068); a similar pattern held for informal care. Out-of-pocket spending for the dementia group (median, $36 919) represented 32% of wealth measured 5 years before death compared with 11% for the nondementia group (P < 0.001). This proportion was greater for black persons (84%), persons with less than a high school education (48%), and unmarried or widowed women (58%).

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