Healthcare Spending Growth Expected to Pick Up This Year to 5.6%

The economy's lackluster recovery eroded wages and left millions chronically unemployed. It also offered significant relief from the fiscal distress of U.S. health spending. Now, spending fueled by the improving economy and the healthcare reform law's insurance and Medicaid expansions are likely to turn that around.

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lackluster recovery eroded wages and left millions chronically unemployed. It also offered significant relief from the fiscal distress of U.S. health spending. Now, spending fueled by the improving economy and the

insurance and Medicaid expansions are likely to turn that around.

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Health expenditures grew 3.6% last year, with the delayed and soft recovery a primary cause, according to projections by CMS actuaries published online by the journal Health Affairs. If the projection is confirmed later this year, it would mark the fifth straight year of growth below 4% and the second time in three years national health spending growth dipped to a historic low.

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Source: ModernHealthcare