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Income Disparities in the Prevalence, Severity, and Costs of Co-Occurring Chronic and Behavioral Health Conditions

Research shows that having both chronic conditions and behavioral health issues is associated with higher health care costs. But a Commonwealth Fund–supported study in Medical Care led by Peter J. Cunningham finds that spending on both inpatient and emergency care is much higher for low-income people with “co-occurring” conditions than it is for their higher-income counterparts.

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