Administrative costs account for 15% to 30% of U.S. health care spending – and at least half of that spending is wasteful.

“Even at the lower end of estimates, U.S. spending on administrative costs annually account for twice the spending on care for cardiovascular disease and three times the spending for cancer care,” according to a HealthAffairs research brief.

Researchers note that not all administrative spending is wasteful, making a distinction between spending and waste.

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