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Top 10 costliest medical conditions in 2016

 

Note from Pat Lynch: 
I am not sure what the article below all means, but I do know that we in America spend most of our healthcare dollars in the last year or so of life.  I pose this question: Is the quality of life of the patients, and the strain on the families and loved ones worth the enormous expenditures when the end in so inevidable?  I haven’t the answer, but I know what decisions I will make when faced with costly life-lengthening, heroic measures that will add only days or weeks to my earthly life.  I hope that I am strong enough to  choose to preserve the money to be used to do REAL GOOD for many people who will truly benefit from the resources that it will buy.  Peace.

Multimillion-dollar stop-loss claims rose 68 percent between 2013 and 2016 for Wellesley, Mass.-based Sun Life Financial, according to its fifth annual 2017 Sun Life Stop-Loss research report.

The report comprised stop-loss claims reimbursements Sun Life provided its roughly 1,900 policyholders between 2013 and 2016.Multimillion-dollar stop-loss claims rose 68 percent between 2013 and 2016 for Wellesley, Mass.-based Sun Life Financial, according to its fifth annual 2017 Sun Life Stop-Loss research report.

 Here are the top 10 costliest medical conditions ranked by value of stop-loss claims reimbursements.

1. Malignant neoplasm — $487.4 million

2. Leukemia/ lymphoma/multiple myeloma  — $219.2 million

3. Chronic/end-stage renal disease — $148.3 million

4. Congenital anomalies — $108.9 million

5. Transplant — $81.6 million

6. Disorders relating to short gestation and low birth weight — $75.9 million

7. Septicemia — $69.7 million

8. Complications of surgical and medical care — $62.9 million

9. Cerebrovascular disease — $58.8 million

10. Pulmonary collapse/ respiratory failure — $57.4 million

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