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Report predicts moderate health care spending rise
The Mercury News

Health care spending in the United States is expected to continue climbing at a more moderate pace next year, and that may help contain hikes in the price of insurance coverage for people with employer-sponsored plans. The cost to deliver health care—which counts spending on everything from doctor visits to prescriptions or surgeries—will climb 7.5 percent per person in 2013, according to a study from the Health Research Institute of benefits consultant PwC. That falls below the 10 percent annual growth seen before a severe recession made consumers very choosy about how they spend their money.