Atrial Fibrillation Epidemic and Hospitalizations: How to Turn the Rising Tide?
Numerous countries worldwide are facing the major challenge of rising healthcare expenditure, a concern driven particularly by advancing medical treatments and ageing population structures. In the United States (US) over the last 50 years, increasing national healthcare expenditure has consistently outpaced growth in real gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, exceeding every other country to peak at 18% of GDP in 2012.1 Given that hospitals are the largest contributor to each dollar spent on healthcare, the characterization of hospitalization trends is a logical first step in identifying possible opportunities to intervene and slow the rising demands on healthcare systems.
- Received March 27, 2014.
- Accepted March 28, 2014.