found at healthleadersmedia.com:
americans may get medical money's worth
despite exploding costs, most americans got sizable life-extending bang for their medical bucks over recent decades, says one of the most sweeping studies ever of healthcare value. the study calculated that americans of all ages spent an average of $19,900 on medical care for each extra year of life expectancy gained over the last four decades of the 20th century.
ap/yahoo, aug 31, 2006