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Addressing Chronic Illness

Health care for chronically ill people accounts for 75 percent of the $2 trillion spent on health care in the U.S. every year.  The federal Institute of Medicine has published a brief report outlining how to reduce those costs while improving the quality of life of the chronically ill.

Chronically ill patients are a major of concern of private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals because many such patients are uninsured or are covered by Medicaid, which in most states does not cover the cost of the care hospitals provide.

Read a summary of the Institute of Medicine’s report, “Living Well With Chronic Illness:  A Call for Public Health Action,” and download the report itself hereWheelchair, on the Institute of Medicine’s web site.

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