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Health spending up after years of ’self-rationing,’ report finds
Modern Healthcare

Patients are returning to the healthcare system after “several years of self-rationing,” as reflected in a 3.2% increase in 2013 prescription-drug expenditures to $329.2 billion, according to a new report.

Physician office visits, hospital encounters and filled prescriptions all increased in 2013, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, a Parsippany, N.J.-based division of data analytics consultant IMS Health, said in a new report.