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Changes in Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary by Age, 1999-2012 (PDF)
Congressional Budget Office [CBO]Link to more items from this source
Nov. 23, 2015
47 pages. "Over the entire period, the average annual growth rate of Medicare spending per beneficiary for people ages 65 to 74 was about half of that for those ages 85 to 94. Faster decline in the use of acute inpatient hospital care among younger beneficiaries than among older beneficiaries contributed to the slower growth of spending per beneficiary for the 65- to 74-year-old age group. More rapid growth in spending on care provided in skilled nursing facilities and hospice care ... than in spending on other Medicare services contributed to the faster growth in spending per beneficiary among the older groups; that growth also accounted for the increase in the age for which Medicare spending per beneficiary was highest." [Working Paper 2015-08]

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