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US health spending slowed in 2008
San Francisco Chronicle - Erica Werner, Associated Press Writer

The U.S. spent an average of $7,681 per person on health care in 2008, for an eye-popping total of $2.3 trillion — even though spending actually slowed dramatically that year because of the recession, a new federal study says. Health spending didn’t slow down as much as the nation’s overall economic output, the study said, in keeping with a decades-old trend that has now pushed health care costs to account for over 16 percent of the nation’s economy.

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