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Seniors Account for 1 in 3 Hospital Stays
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It’s widely understood that after age 65, people are more likely to need care in a hospital compared with the general population. But a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality quantifies it both in numbers and in dollars.

Seniors 65 and older had more than 14 million hospital stays, or more than one-third of all U.S. community hospital stays and 14%, or $157.7 billion, of total hospital costs for 2008, says the statistical brief.