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As more health insurers begin covering the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act, they will assume the financial risk of covering the most costly patients in any health system: the 1 percent who run up the biggest bills. A recent report from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows that these 1 percent of patients account for 21.4 percent of all spending. Writing for Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post, Sandra G. Boodman covered this issue thoroughly and her article serves as a tip sheet for any health care journalist covering this segment of the population.
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