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Dr. Roger Stark, MD, FACS, Health Care Policy Analyst, June, 2012
Liberals and conservatives agree the rapidly increasing cost of health care is unsustainable in the U.S. Last year the country spent $2.4 trillion, comprising 18 percent of our economy or gross domestic product. Although the rate of increase has tapered off slightly the past two years, the U.S. is still spending twice the rate of inflation for health care.
Who are the people using these health care dollars? Who are the most expensive patients?
Roger Stark, MD, FACS, Health Care Policy Analyst, May, 2012
The Seattle Times published this column on April 23, 2012.
Nearly 1 million Washington residents, 14 percent of our state's population, rely on Medicare for health coverage each year. It should go without saying that the long-term fiscal health of the program is crucial for our seniors.