New data shows just how much end-of-life care can cost at the hospital. (Photo: iStock)

The fact that many Americans spend their last days in a hospital bed is a shame for them, their families, and the U.S. budget.

A recent analysis by Arcadia Healthcare Solutions finds that spending on those who die in the hospital is about seven times that of those who live out their last days at home. Much of that money comes from the estate of the deceased, but most of it is paid for by U.S. taxpayers through Medicare.

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