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U.S. Healthcare Costs Accelerate Slightly
Health Leaders Media

The average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial health plans and Medicare programs rose 6.29% over the last 12 months ending in January, the first time the rate has accelerated since May 2010, according to Standard & Poor’s Healthcare Economic Indices.

A further S&P breakdown shows that Medicare’s growth in per capita cost grew at 3.4% in the 12-month period ending in January, which was less than half the rate of cost growth for commercial plans, which saw an increase of 8.03% for the 12-month period.