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US Healthcare Costs Annual Growth Rates Increase in October 2011 According to the S&P Healthcare Economic Indices
Sacramento Bee

The S&P Healthcare Economic Composite Index indicates that the average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare programs increased by 5.11% over the 12-months ending October 2011. This is a significant increase over the +4.74% annual growth rate posted in September 2011. As measured by the S&P Healthcare Economic Commercial Index, healthcare costs covered by commercial insurance increased by 6.91% over the year ending October 2011.