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09/20/2017

Half of Healthcare Spending: For 1/20th of the People

It is not unfair that we spend more on medical care for some people than others. After all, some people are sicker than others. If there’s anything unfair, it’s probably the uneven distribution of illness and disability. That said, the disparity in healthcare spending across people is pretty staggering. As this picture shows, courtesy of The Financial Times, half of all US healthcare spending goes to 5% of people receiving medical care: 

It is not always great to be a big spender!

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