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The Week in Numbers by charlottegee
December 12, 2008, 9:53 am
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Installment #6:

Hospitals collectively lose $30 billion on Medicare and Medicaid and earn $66 billion on commercial business, thereby generating a $36 billion gain overall on their insured patients

Denver Health, a public hospital system, had a 19 percent increase in emergency visits by uninsured patients in November — to 3,325, up from 2,792 a year earlier

Over an 18-month period in 2007 and 2008, state legislators introduced more than 370 bills aimed at increasing health care IT use, and more than a third of the bills passed

More than one-third of adults and nearly 12 percent of children in the United States use alternatives to traditional medicine

While the nation as a whole has lost nearly 1.5 jobs in the past year, health care managed to add nearly a half million slots

In a stimulus bill that could exceed $500 billion, Obama has already pledged to increase federal Medicaid spending — perhaps by more than $40 billion over two years — and to make a large investment in health information technology

Citing the recent economic crisis and rising health care costs, Washington-based Watson Wyatt said 19 percent of employees surveyed were willing to pay more money out of their paycheck in order to keep health costs down

In the three quarters ended Sept. 30, venture-capital investment was down just 4% to US$22.3-billion, versus the same period in 2007, according to VentureOne

The Angel Capital Association (ACA) has reported a 10 percent decrease in angel investments in 2008 versus 2007

PricewaterhouseCoopers Identifies the Top Nine Issues for Health Industries in 2009

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