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Valley Fever Costs Mount for Patients and Taxpayers

September 20, 2012

With valley fever cases soaring in the southwest, people’s lives and finances are being upended. Misdiagnosis of the disease adds to the costs for doctor’s visits, hospitalizations and long-term treatment with drugs. At more than $100,000 for a typical hospital stay, valley fever, on average, is more costly to treat than any of California’s 25 most common conditions requiring hospitalization. This story is part of the ReportingonHealth Collaborative's "Just One Breath" investigative series on valley fever in California's Central Valley.

Read the full article on the Reporting on Health website.

Photo courtesy of Reporting on Health.