The top 1% of consumers of healthcare accounted for 22% of the U.S. healthcare bill in 2002, while the bottom 50% represented just 3% of the total bill, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality said in a statistical brief. The concentration at the top has shrunk over time. For example, the top 1% of healthcare consumers accounted for 28% of healthcare spending in 1996, the AHRQ said. Read the statistical brief. -- by Matthew DoBias
Top 1% still account for big portion of health bill
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