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Health Agencies Update
January 26, 2016

CMS Reports Uptick in Health Care Spending

JAMA. 2016;315(4):336. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.19189

Health care spending in the United States increased by 5.3% in 2014 and reached an estimated $3 billion, accounting for 17.5% of the economy, according to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) study (Martin AB et al. Health Aff. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1194 [published online December 2, 2015]). While this increase in spending was greater than the average annual increase of 3.7% for the preceding 5 years, it was still less than the 6.9% average annual increases in health care spending that occurred between 2000 and 2009.

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