America's Health Care Spending Grew Slowly Last Year, Federal Auditors Say
But out-of-pocket costs rose, so patients aren't getting the benefit.
The amount of money that American patients, businesses and the government spent on health care last year rose at a nearly historically slow rate, according to new data from federal health authorities.Total national health care expenditures reached $3.3 trillion in 2016, an increase of 4.3 percent, the independent Office of the Actuary at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports in an article published in the journal Health Affairs on Wednesday. That increase was lower th...
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