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Health Cost Growth Is Down, But Warning Signs Are Up
BNET - Ken Terry

The rate of growth in national health spending was 4.4 percent in 2008, the lowest in nearly half a century. But, that recession-fueled slowdown is no indication of the future trajectory of health costs; in fact, because the national economy also slowed in 2008, the percentage of GDP that went to healthcare jumped to 16.2 percent from 15.9 percent in 2007. Moreover, the growth in health costs was nearly double the increase in nominal GDP (before factoring in inflation).