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Re: more on medical

Bonnie, I think they're referring to dollars spent on health care, not just
your out of pocket expense. If you look at what your insurance spends on
health care, including dental and physician office visits, it adds up fast.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bonnie Holmes" <holmesbm@usit.net>
To: "gardenchat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2004 9:09 AM
Subject: [CHAT] more on medical

> A lot on health and medical costs recently in the news...wonder why
> women are eating so much more...one thing mentioned in the article was
> sodas...maybe we drank more black coffee and tea earlier.
> >From 1971 to 2000, the study found, women increased their caloric intake
> by 22 percent, men by 7 percent...The study, conducted by the Centers
> for Disease Control and Prevention and reported in the current edition
> of its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found that in 1971 women
> ate 1,542 calories on average, compared with today's 1,877, while men
> went from 2,450 calories a day to 2,618. Those numbers dwarf the
> government's recommendations of 1,600 calories a day for women and 2,200
> for men.
> This from a CBS Financial newsletter: "Health-care costs for the average
> family are set to top $10,000 next year, Thorpe said, with households
> paying an increasing share. Meanwhile, the number of uninsured has edged
> up, to 43.6 million in 2002". I can't image the average cost being this
> high. We had unusual costs last year with my husband being in the
> hospital for three weeks and needing all sorts of tests but I am hoping
> that we don't top $1,000 this year.
> Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN
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