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November 2015

Medical Insurance Coverage and Alzheimer Disease

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neurology, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
JAMA Neurol. 2015;72(11):1231. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2015.2147

Heart disease and cancer are the 2 leading causes of nonaccidental death in American individuals. Recent studies suggest that Alzheimer disease (AD) is underreported and ranks third.1 Today, more than 5 million Americans have AD.2 In 2010, the costs associated with AD and related dementias approached $215 billion.3 By 2050, that number is estimated to reach $1.2 trillion unless disease-modifying interventions are developed.

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