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Why 4% of patients consume 25% of Medicare spending

Submitted by: Mr Jimmy Pop @ 03:42 PM | Sunday, July 17, 2016 | (url: https://www.msn.c...)

About 25 percent of the $650 billion of annual spending on Medicare goes for the treatment and care of elderly people in the final year of their lives, according to a new study. Per capita spending is nearly four times higher for those who die than for survivors.


In the long-standing national debate over how far the government should go in stretching limited resources to keep the oldest and sickest people alive, the conventional wisdom has been that the vast majority of beneficiaries making claims on Medicare in the final year of their lives are wizened people in their 80s or 90s confined to nursing home hospital beds.

But the new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation released on Thursday pokes a big hole in that assumption.


Of the 2.6 million Americans who died in this country in 2014, eight out of ten were enrolled in Medicare, the premier national health care program for seniors. However, the Kaiser study found that Medicare spent significantly more per capita on medical services and treatment for people in their late 60s and early 70s than on much older beneficiaries.

Indeed, the analysis concluded that per capita Medicare spending at the end of life actually declines with age peaking at $43,353 for those 73 years old and then gradually declining to $33,381 for 85-year-olds and just $27,779 for people 90 and older.

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Xmas Tradition: Black Violence

Submitted by: StapleMammal1 @ 06:16 PM | Tuesday, December 29, 2015 | (url: http://www.redice...)

In Louisville, 2000 black people rioted at the Mall St. Matthews. In addition, shoppers report several gunshots. Riots unfolded at Mall St. Matthews today, reported WHAS TV news of the day after Christmas mob action. That violence, beginning around 7, forcing mall officials to close early. It actually spread to multiple locations,

In the Stonecrest Mall in a suburb of Atlanta, video from inside the mall shows a group of black people fighting and pulling each others hair. Soon after, the group of about 10-15 moved outside, where the video shows fighting, gunshots, and at least one person hitting the ground wounded, while the other participants shrieked with glee.

At the Orange Park Mall near Jacksonville, 200 black people had to be dispersed from a movie theater on Christmas Day.

This happens every Christmas (in Jacksonville), first at River City, now Orange Park, said one viewer, referring to a 2013 incident also on Christmas Day in Jacksonville, where 600 to 1000 black people stormed a movie theater and rampaged through the parking lot.

At the Eastland Mall near Detroit one black person was shot and killed after two groups of black people started fighting in the food court.

In Towson, Maryland, two hundred black people threw rocks at police trying to break up a large crowd at the local mall. Dozens of police responded, one was hit with a rock.
The riot was a long tradition in Towson.

On Christmas night in Mobile, Alabama, four black people were shot at a movie theater.

At the Mall in Wellington Green in Wellington, Florida, police responded a large brawl at the shopping center the day before Christmas.

At the Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock, a fight led to a large and rowdy crowd gathering in the food court, said the ABC affiliate. 200 black people interfered as police tried to break up a fight. One person was arrested.