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For Those with Chronic and Behavioral Health Conditions, Lower Income Means Higher Health Costs

People with depression, substance abuse problems, or other behavioral health issues also often have chronic physical health conditions like obesity, hypertension, or diabetes. And having both types of problems is far more common among those with low incomes. Now a Commonwealth Fund–supported study in Medical Care finds that hospital and emergency care spending is much higher for low-income people with these co-occurring conditions than it is for their higher-income counterparts.

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