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Recession helps slow healthcare spending growth to 4% in ‘09: CMS
Modern Healthcare

Healthcare spending in 2009 grew at the slowest rate in five decades, rising 4% to $2.5 trillion—or $8,086 per person—while still outpacing overall growth in the gross domestic product, according to an annual report from the CMS.

And that spending as a share of the nation’s gross domestic product rose to 17.6% in 2009, representing a 1 percentage point increase from 2008—the largest one-year increase in the 50-year history of the National Health Expenditure Accounts.