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Prescription Drugs And The Slowdown In Health Care Spending
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Several studies have examined the underlying sources for the recent slowdown in health care spending. These analyses have focused largely on the role of the 2007-2009 recession, the increasing prevalence of high deductible health insurance plans, and other structural changes in the payment and delivery of care. However, the studies examining these factors do not account for the full decline in spending, or raise questions about the pattern and timing of the slowdown.