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At-Risk Patients Gain Attention of Health Insurers

By Reed Abelson, New York Times

Who doesn’t want to be in the top 1 percent of wage earners, political discomfort aside?

No one, though, is especially envious of another group of 1 percenters: the heaviest users of health care.

One percent of patients account for more than 25 percent of health care spending among the privately insured, according to a new study. Their medical bills average nearly $100,000 a year for multiple hospital stays, doctors’ visits, trips to emergency rooms and prescription drugs.

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