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# In the past decade, a decreasing percentage of money spent on treating

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In the past decade, a decreasing percentage of money spent on treating disease X went to pay for standard methods of treatment, which are known to be effective though they are expensive and painful. An increasing percentage is being spent on non-standard treatments, which cause little discomfort. Unfortunately, the nonstandard treatments have proved to be ineffective. Obviously, less money is being spent on effective treatments of disease X than was spent ten years ago.

Which of the following, if assumed, allows the conclusion above to be properly drawn

A. Varieties of disease X requiring expensive special treatment have become less common during the past decade

B. Nonstandard methods of treating disease X are most expensively now than they were a decade ago.

C. Of total medical expenditures, the percentage that is due treatment of disease X increased during the past decade

D. Most of the money spent on treating disease X during the last decade went to pay for nonstandard treatment

E. The total amount of money spent on treating disease X declined during the past decade

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11 Apr 2019, 04:11
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In the past decade, a decreasing percentage of money spent on treating disease X went to pay for standard methods of treatment, which are known to be effective though they are expensive and painful. An increasing percentage is being spent on non-standard treatments, which cause little discomfort. Unfortunately, the nonstandard treatments have proved to be ineffective. Obviously, less money is being spent now on effective treatment than treating disease X than was spent ten years ago.

Which of the following, if assumed, allows the conclusion above to be properly drawn

A. Varieties of disease X requiring expensive special treatment have become less common during the past decade

B. Nonstandard methods of treating disease X are most expensively now than they were a decade ago.

C. Of total medical expenditures, the percentage that is due treatment of disease X increased during the past decade

D.Most of the money spent on treating disease X during the last decade went to pay for nonstandard treatment

E. The total amount of money spent on treating disease X declined during the past decade

Premises:
- A decreasing percentage of money spent on treating disease X went to pay for standard methods (effective) of treatment,
- An increasing percentage is being spent on non-standard treatments (which are ineffective).

Conclusion: Less money is being spent now on effective treatment than treating disease X.

Something that jumps up right away. The premises talk about the percentage of money spent (decreasing percentage). The conclusion talks about the amount of money spent (less money). We can't deduce the conclusion until and unless we know something about the total money spent.
If total money spent is the same or less, then a decreasing percentage means that less money is being spent now.
If total money spent is more than before, a decreasing percentage could still lead to the same amount of money or even more money being spent now.

We need to strengthen the conclusion (actually be able to establish it)

A. Varieties of disease X requiring expensive special treatment have become less common during the past decade
We don't know anything about special treatments.

B. Nonstandard methods of treating disease X are most expensively now than they were a decade ago.
Irrelevant. Our point is about the total money being spent on effective vs ineffective methods.

C. Of total medical expenditures, the percentage that is due treatment of disease X increased during the past decade
We don't know whether the total medical expenditure has increased or decreased. Anyway, we need to establish that less money is being spent. This says that more money is being spent in disease X.

D.Most of the money spent on treating disease X during the last decade went to pay for nonstandard treatment
What percentage of money was spent in ether is irrelevant. It is about whether the percentage is increasing or decreasing.

E. The total amount of money spent on treating disease X declined during the past decade
This is what we needed as discussed above. If total money being spent is decreasing and its percentage being spent on effective treatment is also decreasing, then the amount of money being spent is certainly decreasing. A lower percentage of a lower amount is definitely lower.

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11 Apr 2019, 02:10
Bunuel wrote:
In the past decade, a decreasing percentage of money spent on treating disease X went to pay for standard methods of treatment, which are known to be effective though they are expensive and painful. An increasing percentage is being spent on non-standard treatments, which cause little discomfort. Unfortunately, the nonstandard treatments have proved to be ineffective. Obviously, less money is being spent now on effective treatment than treating disease X than was spent ten years ago.

Which of the following, if assumed, allows the conclusion above to be properly drawn

Tough one for me :

I will go with D.

A. Varieties of disease X requiring expensive special treatment have become less common during the past decade

Passage does not talk about "Varieties of disease X". No mention of "expensive special treatment" in the passage too.

B. Nonstandard methods of treating disease X are most expensively now than they were a decade ago.

"Most expensive" is too extreme.Also it does not help to draw the conclusion. We only know that non standard treatments are ineffective and more money is being spent on them. This does not mean they are more expensive.

C. Of total medical expenditures, the percentage that is due treatment of disease X increased during the past decade

D.Most of the money spent on treating disease X during the last decade went to pay for nonstandard treatment

Less %age of amount spent on effective(standard treatment methods). High %age of money spent on non standard treatment methods. So this has to be true. Best among all the answer choices.

E. The total amount of money spent on treating disease X declined during the past decade

Both the standard and non standard treatments are for disease X. We can't say the total amount of money for treating disease X has declined.

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11 Apr 2019, 04:24
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Bunuel wrote:
In the past decade, a decreasing percentage of money spent on treating disease X went to pay for standard methods of treatment, which are known to be effective though they are expensive and painful. An increasing percentage is being spent on non-standard treatments, which cause little discomfort. Unfortunately, the nonstandard treatments have proved to be ineffective. Obviously, less money is being spent now on effective treatment than treating disease X than was spent ten years ago.

Which of the following, if assumed, allows the conclusion above to be properly drawn

Tough one for me :

I will go with D.

A. Varieties of disease X requiring expensive special treatment have become less common during the past decade

Passage does not talk about "Varieties of disease X". No mention of "expensive special treatment" in the passage too.

B. Nonstandard methods of treating disease X are most expensively now than they were a decade ago.

"Most expensive" is too extreme.Also it does not help to draw the conclusion. We only know that non standard treatments are ineffective and more money is being spent on them. This does not mean they are more expensive.

C. Of total medical expenditures, the percentage that is due treatment of disease X increased during the past decade

D.Most of the money spent on treating disease X during the last decade went to pay for nonstandard treatment

Less %age of amount spent on effective(standard treatment methods). High %age of money spent on non standard treatment methods. So this has to be true. Best among all the answer choices.

E. The total amount of money spent on treating disease X declined during the past decade

Both the standard and non standard treatments are for disease X. We can't say the total amount of money for treating disease X has declined.

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11 Apr 2019, 04:47
Bunuel wrote:
In the past decade, a decreasing percentage of money spent on treating disease X went to pay for standard methods of treatment, which are known to be effective though they are expensive and painful. An increasing percentage is being spent on non-standard treatments, which cause little discomfort. Unfortunately, the nonstandard treatments have proved to be ineffective. Obviously, less money is being spent now on effective treatment than treating disease X than was spent ten years ago.

Which of the following, if assumed, allows the conclusion above to be properly drawn

A. Varieties of disease X requiring expensive special treatment have become less common during the past decade

B. Nonstandard methods of treating disease X are most expensively now than they were a decade ago.

C. Of total medical expenditures, the percentage that is due treatment of disease X increased during the past decade

D.Most of the money spent on treating disease X during the last decade went to pay for nonstandard treatment

E. The total amount of money spent on treating disease X declined during the past decade

Premises:
- A decreasing percentage of money spent on treating disease X went to pay for standard methods (effective) of treatment,
- An increasing percentage is being spent on non-standard treatments (which are ineffective).

Conclusion: Less money is being spent now on effective treatment than treating disease X.

Something that jumps up right away. The premises talk about the percentage of money spent (decreasing percentage). The conclusion talks about the amount of money spent (less money). We can't deduce the conclusion until and unless we know something about the total money spent.
If total money spent is the same or less, then a decreasing percentage means that less money is being spent now.
If total money spent is more than before, a decreasing percentage could still lead to the same amount of money or even more money being spent now.

We need to strengthen the conclusion (actually be able to establish it)

A. Varieties of disease X requiring expensive special treatment have become less common during the past decade
We don't know anything about special treatments.

B. Nonstandard methods of treating disease X are most expensively now than they were a decade ago.
Irrelevant. Our point is about the total money being spent on effective vs ineffective methods.

C. Of total medical expenditures, the percentage that is due treatment of disease X increased during the past decade
We don't know whether the total medical expenditure has increased or decreased. Anyway, we need to establish that less money is being spent. This says that more money is being spent in disease X.

D.Most of the money spent on treating disease X during the last decade went to pay for nonstandard treatment
What percentage of money was spent in ether is irrelevant. It is about whether the percentage is increasing or decreasing.

E. The total amount of money spent on treating disease X declined during the past decade
This is what we needed as discussed above. If total money being spent is decreasing and its percentage being spent on effective treatment is also decreasing, then the amount of money being spent is certainly decreasing. A lower percentage of a lower amount is definitely lower.

VeritasKarishma : Should not answer choice E include the word "effective treatment of disease" instead of simply "treating disease" as the conclusion is about effective treatment. But this choice is saying overall treatment expense. What about ineffective treatment expenses as they have increased?
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Bunuel wrote:
In the past decade, a decreasing percentage of money spent on treating disease X went to pay for standard methods of treatment, which are known to be effective though they are expensive and painful. An increasing percentage is being spent on non-standard treatments, which cause little discomfort. Unfortunately, the nonstandard treatments have proved to be ineffective. Obviously, less money is being spent now on effective treatment than treating disease X than was spent ten years ago.

Which of the following, if assumed, allows the conclusion above to be properly drawn

A. Varieties of disease X requiring expensive special treatment have become less common during the past decade

B. Nonstandard methods of treating disease X are most expensively now than they were a decade ago.

C. Of total medical expenditures, the percentage that is due treatment of disease X increased during the past decade

D.Most of the money spent on treating disease X during the last decade went to pay for nonstandard treatment

E. The total amount of money spent on treating disease X declined during the past decade

Premises:
- A decreasing percentage of money spent on treating disease X went to pay for standard methods (effective) of treatment,
- An increasing percentage is being spent on non-standard treatments (which are ineffective).

Conclusion: Less money is being spent now on effective treatment than treating disease X.

Something that jumps up right away. The premises talk about the percentage of money spent (decreasing percentage). The conclusion talks about the amount of money spent (less money). We can't deduce the conclusion until and unless we know something about the total money spent.
If total money spent is the same or less, then a decreasing percentage means that less money is being spent now.
If total money spent is more than before, a decreasing percentage could still lead to the same amount of money or even more money being spent now.

We need to strengthen the conclusion (actually be able to establish it)

A. Varieties of disease X requiring expensive special treatment have become less common during the past decade
We don't know anything about special treatments.

B. Nonstandard methods of treating disease X are most expensively now than they were a decade ago.
Irrelevant. Our point is about the total money being spent on effective vs ineffective methods.

C. Of total medical expenditures, the percentage that is due treatment of disease X increased during the past decade
We don't know whether the total medical expenditure has increased or decreased. Anyway, we need to establish that less money is being spent. This says that more money is being spent in disease X.

D.Most of the money spent on treating disease X during the last decade went to pay for nonstandard treatment
What percentage of money was spent in ether is irrelevant. It is about whether the percentage is increasing or decreasing.

E. The total amount of money spent on treating disease X declined during the past decade
This is what we needed as discussed above. If total money being spent is decreasing and its percentage being spent on effective treatment is also decreasing, then the amount of money being spent is certainly decreasing. A lower percentage of a lower amount is definitely lower.

VeritasKarishma : Should not answer choice E include the word "effective treatment of disease" instead of simply "treating disease" as the conclusion is about effective treatment. But this choice is saying overall treatment expense. What about ineffective treatment expenses as they have increased?

No, you don't need the word effective treatment to draw the conclusion. Actually, if you add the word effective, (E) becomes the same as conclusion.

10 yrs ago:
Total money spent on both = \$200
% spent on Effective = 70% (\$140)
% spent on ineffective = 30% (\$60)

Today:
Total money spent on both = \$100 (As per option (E), this has decreased from 10 yrs ago)
% spent on Effective = 60% (argument tells us that this % is decreasing)
% spent on ineffective = 40%

Today, since total amount of money spent is lower and the % going to effective treatment is lower too, the money spent on effective treatment would be \$60 which will be lower than the previous \$140.
Since you have a smaller whole, and a smaller percentage of that, the number you get will certainly be smaller than before.
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Bunuel wrote:
In the past decade, a decreasing percentage of money spent on treating disease X went to pay for standard methods of treatment, which are known to be effective though they are expensive and painful. An increasing percentage is being spent on non-standard treatments, which cause little discomfort. Unfortunately, the nonstandard treatments have proved to be ineffective. Obviously, less money is being spent now on effective treatment than treating disease X than was spent ten years ago.

Which of the following, if assumed, allows the conclusion above to be properly drawn

A. Varieties of disease X requiring expensive special treatment have become less common during the past decade

B. Nonstandard methods of treating disease X are most expensively now than they were a decade ago.

C. Of total medical expenditures, the percentage that is due treatment of disease X increased during the past decade

D.Most of the money spent on treating disease X during the last decade went to pay for nonstandard treatment

E. The total amount of money spent on treating disease X declined during the past decade

are there 3 treatments (treatment of diseaseX, standard treatment, and non-standard) in the argument or 2(standard and non-standard)?
Because I don't get what "less money is being spent now on effective treatment than treating disease X" means
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25 Aug 2019, 01:06
This is an assumption question, which negation actually works on this question type. But not with this case. Please correct me if i'm wrong. The negation says "The total amount of money spent on treating disease X didn't decline during the past decade". This sentence means that the total amount can be the same as it was 10 years ago, and thus doesn't break the author's conclusion.

The question becomes can we select the choice if the negation of that choice doesn't break the conclusion apart?
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26 Aug 2019, 22:15
We have to find an assumption that supports "Obviously, less money is being spent now on effective treatment than treating disease X than was spent ten years ago. "

Only contenders are D and E.

D.Most of the money spent on treating disease X during the last decade went to pay for nonstandard treatment

percentage/proportion in the past does not matter. even if 99% of the money was spent on nonstandard treatment and now it becomes 10%, the total money spent on treating disease X can increase so much that even 10% is greater than 99% 10 years ago.

E. The total amount of money spent on treating disease X declined during the past decade

If total money decreased and percentage of nonstandard treatment decreased, there is no way more money is being spent now on nonstandard treatment

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01 Sep 2019, 01:10
The conclusion of the argument is: Lesser money is spent on treatment, which is effective over the past decade.
By pre-thinking assumptions there are 2 that come to my mind
1) Non standard treatment is not expensive(Nowhere that is mentioned) but I feel is assumed by the argument to reach the actual assumption
2) Percentage of money on effective decreases but amount can increase, we should be sure that is not the case, and that can happen only when the total amount of money spent decreases.Hence, option E.
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07 Sep 2019, 10:47
Hi everybody,

In the past decade, a decreasing percentage of money spent on treating disease X went to pay for standard methods of treatment, which are known to be effective though they are expensive and painful. An increasing percentage is being spent on non-standard treatments, which cause little discomfort. Unfortunately, the nonstandard treatments have proved to be ineffective. Obviously, less money is being spent now on effective treatment than treating disease X than was spent ten years ago.

Which of the following, if assumed, allows the conclusion above to be properly drawn

Pre-thinking:
We can easily see that while the conclusion is based on money expressed as a number the data used to support that conclusion talks about money expressed as a %.
We are asked to find a statement that validates this conclusion.
The right way of doing this is to find first a falsification scenario and then negate it.

FS: Let's assume that in the past decade the money spent to treat the disease doubled, tripled etc... And let's imagine that the percentage allocated to st methods decreased by 1%. We can safely see how the total amount of money increased even tough the percentage allocated to st methods decrease.

Assumption: The total amount of money either remained the same or decreased in the past decade.

A. Varieties of disease X requiring expensive special treatment have become less common during the past decade
Out of the scope

B. Nonstandard methods of treating disease X are most expensively now than they were a decade ago.
We are not concerned with how expensive treatments are but with how much money is spent on them. Incorrect

C. Of total medical expenditures, the percentage that is due treatment of disease X increased during the past decade
Out of the scope

D.Most of the money spent on treating disease X during the last decade went to pay for nonstandard treatment
Out of the scope

E. The total amount of money spent on treating disease X declined during the past decade
In line with pre-thinking. Hence correct

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07 Sep 2019, 11:17
Less money is being spent now on effective treatment than treating disease X than was spent ten years ago.
What does this sentence exactly mean? Isn't money spent on effective treatment a subset of money spent on treating disease X and hence the latter would always be higher>
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