The Woolwich Observer - - COMMENT -

Due to ris­ing health care costs and an ag­ing pop­u­la­tion, the to­tal num­ber of pneu­mo­nia cases re­quir­ing hos­pi­tal­iza­tion is ex­pected to dou­ble to 49,424 in 2025, up from 24,761 in 2010. Mean­while, the an­nual to­tal di­rect health care cost of treat­ing the dis­ease will reach over $530 mil­lion by 2025, up from $216.2 mil­lion in 2010.

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