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Health spending for 2013 will be sluggish but will pick up in 2014
Modern Healthcare

Health spending in the U.S. continued to rise at a historically low rate last year and will remain weak this year as the economy continues to drag, blockbuster drugs go off patent and households are responsible for a growing share of medical bills, federal projections show. U.S. health spending increased 3.9% last year for the fourth straight year and is projected to grow 3.8% this year, according to federal economists and actuaries who published the estimates online Wednesday in the journal Health Affairs.