Health Spending Over The Coming Decade Expected To Exceed Economic Growth

Kaiser Health News staff writer Jordan Rau reports: "The nation’s total health spending will bump up next year as the health law expands insurance coverage to more Americans, and then will grow by an average of 6.2 percent a year over the next decade, according to projections released Wednesday by government actuaries. That estimate is lower than typical annual increases before the recession hit. Still, the actuaries forecast that in a decade, the health care segment of the nation's economy will be larger than it is today, amounting to a fifth of the gross domestic product in 2022" (Rau, 9/18). Read the story.  

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