WASHINGTON (AP) - It sounds like good news: The recession slowed
the growth of the nation's health care bill to the lowest levels
But a government report says medical costs still gobbled up a
record share of the overall economy, meaning the slowdown did not
change the nation's underlying problem with out-of-control health
The numbers crunchers at Medicare's Office of the Actuary said
Americans spent $2.5 trillion on health care in 2009, or $8,086 per
The 4 percent increase from 2008 levels represented the slowest
rate of growth in 50 years of measuring national health care
spending. Much of that was a consequence of people losing jobs that
came with health care benefits.
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