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Healthcare Cost Growth Deceleration Continues
Health Leaders Media

The average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare grew 5.39% over the 12 months ending in April 2011, continuing an 11-month deceleration of cost growth, Standard & Poor’s Healthcare Economic Indices show.

April’s results represent the lowest cost growth in the six-year history of the S&P measure, and reflect a continuing deceleration in Composite healthcare cost growth from the +5.77% annual growth in March, +6.17% in February, and +6.31% in January 2011 for the composite index, S&P said.