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National Health Expenditures

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Health Spending Growth Remains Low, But Jobs Rebound

National health expenditures grew 3.9 percent in July 2013, relative to July 2012, in line with the low levels reported since 2009, the Ann Arbor-based Altarum Institute reported.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/10/2013

Altarum headquarters in Ann Arbor. Photo by Dwight Burdette via Wikimedia Commons.

Health Care Price Growth Lowest Since December 1997

Health care prices in January 2013 were 1.5 percent higher than in January 2012, two-tenths of a percentage point lower than the December rise, and the lowest reading since a 1.3 percent rate in December 1997, according to Ann Arbor based health care industry consultants Altarum Institute.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/13/2013

Altarum headquarters in Ann Arbor. Photo by Dwight Burdette via Wikimedia Commons.

October Health Spending Growth Heads Lower

National health expenditures in October 2012 grew by 3.5 percent relative to October 2011, down two-tenths from the September rate, and representing the sixth consecutive month of below 4 percent growth.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/10/2012

Altarum headquarters in Ann Arbor. Photo by Dwight Burdette via Wikimedia Commons.

August Health Spending Grows by Only 3.8 Percent But Hospital Prices Jump

National health expenditures in August 2012 grew by 3.8 percent relative to August 2011, equal to the July rate, and representing the fourth consecutive month of growth below 4 percent. The 2012 average rate of growth in spending at 4.1 percent is down sharply from the estimated 2011 average of 5.2 percent and helps alleviate fears of a new acceleration in overall health spending.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/11/2012

Altarum headquarters in Ann Arbor. Photo by Dwight Burdette via Wikimedia Commons.

July Health Spending Growth up to 4.2 Percent but Moderate Trend Persists

National health expenditures in July 2012 grew by 4.2 percent relative to July 2011, up from the 3.9 percent growth rate observed in June, but still representing a historically moderate trend rate.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/13/2012