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Great Recession spawns Great Debate over health spending
Modern Healthcare

Economists and policymakers are puzzling over how big an impact the Great Recession and its aftermath are having on reducing healthcare spending, whether the economic upswing will unleash pent-up demand for care, and whether the current lower spending is actually good for Americans’ health. New research shows that household health spending declined even among those with private insurance and medical needs.

Out-of-pocket costs for children with special medical needs declined between 2007, when the recession began, and 2009, the year the recession officially ended, a newly published study in Health Affairs says.