Are we spending too much on the dying? New research challenges this widely held view

Death is unpredictable, even in people who are very sick, say the authors of a new study that pushes back against the widely held view that much of Medicare spending…
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Maybe you have heard the refrain before: The U.S. spends too much money on the dying. Every year, 5 percent of Medicare beneficiaries die, but one-quarter of spending occurs in the last year of life. Side by side, these stats have fed a widely held belief that, in an exorbitantly expensive health care system, much of end-of-life care goes to waste.

A , published in the journal Science, pushes back on this notion. The researchers, a team of three economists and one physician, used machine learning

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