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AHIP Statement On National Health Expenditure Data

New National Health Expenditure Accounts data released by CMS show that health spending in the United States grew at 4.4 percent in 2008. Although the recession has brought a reduction in the rate of increase in health care costs, the data show costs continue to grow faster than the overall economy and the portion of GDP devoted to health care continues to increase. "The latest national health expenditure data demonstrate why health care reform needs to include a long-term strategy to reduce the growth of health care costs.
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