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The U.S. spends more money on this medical condition than any other
Washington Post

It’s a top-10 list that helps explain where hundreds of billions of health-care dollars are spent by medical condition in the United States. Published Wednesday in Health Affairs based on federal data, the list holds some surprises — and signals some of the challenges ahead as this country continues to age.

Number one in the lineup is mental disorders, with a whopping $201 billion in estimated costs in 2013. Trailing far behind in second place are heart conditions, at $147 billion, then trauma, at $143 billion. Cancer costs come in fourth and diabetes a distant eighth.

The populations included for the calculations included non-institutionalized civilians, nursing home residents, long-term patients in psychiatric hospitals, prisoners and active-duty military. More than 40 percent of the total was spent on the institutionalized, noted author Charles Roehrig of the Center for Sustainable Health Spending at Altarum Institute in Michigan.

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