As reported in Medscape Today ... New data available from "Health, United States, 2009,"
federal government's 33rd annual report to the President and Congress
on the health of America ... was released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention ...
... "The United States spends more on health per capita than any other
country, and health spending continues to increase," according to the report's executive summary...
... In a special section on medical technology, it was reported that the
use of computed tomography, positron emission tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging increased 3-fold in the United States from 1996 to 2006...
... Other key findings from the report included the fact that the rate
of knee replacement procedures in patients older than 45 years increased by 70% from 1996 to 2006. In addition, the use of antidiabetic drugs and cholesterol drugs in that age group increased by about 50% and by 10-fold, respectively. Organ transplantations also increased by 31% and 42% for kidney and liver transplants, respectively...
The full report is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Web site: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm