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Cost of health care late in life can vary widely
San Diego Union-Tribune

During the five-year period 2001-05, nearly a third of total Medicare spending went toward the care of dying patients during their last two years of life, which translates to $140 billion. Eli Ginzberg, the noted economist, has called it, “the high cost of dying.”

Medical care costs peak at the end of life. An implied assumption is that the high medical expenses at the end of life are due largely to aggressive, intensive, expensive, and high-technology interventions for some patients who are dying.