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USA witnesses dramatic slowdown in health spending growth over last decade
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Growth in health expenditure in the USA slowed dramatically between 2000 and 2011, bringing the growth rate of the country’s health budget in line with other high-spending countries, according to new research published in The Lancet as part of a new Series, The Health of Americans.

However, the report’s authors warn that future economic recovery in the USA could jeopardise the substantial progress that has been made towards containing the country’s healthcare budget in recent years, and that policymakers should consider measures such as tightening Medicare and Medicaid price controls to avoid spiralling costs driven by an improving economy in the country. The USA currently spends more on healthcare per person than any other country in the world.

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