Institute/CenterNational Institute on Aging (NIA)
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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Health care costs for dementia found greater than for any other disease
NIH-funded study examines medical, care costs in last five years of lifeIn the last five years of life, total health care spending for people with dementia was more than a quarter-million dollars per person, some 57 percent greater than costs associated with death from other diseases, including cancer and heart disease. The new analysis, appearing in the Oct. 27, 2015, online issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, estimates that total health care spending was $287,000 for those with probable dementia and $183,000 for other Medicare beneficiaries in the study.
The analysis was funded primarily by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health. Additional support was provided by the American Federation for Aging Research.