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Healthcare spending picks up pace in Q4
Modern Healthcare

Perhaps healthcare spending is picking up again, data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate. 

Spending on hospitals, doctors and other providers in 2014 appears to have outpaced the slow growth rates of the past few years, according to the bureau. Healthcare spending grew at a 5.4% annual rate in the fourth quarter unadjusted for inflation or seasonal differences — a sizable difference from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s most recent estimate of 3.9% but very close to actuarial predictions from September.