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Medical News & Perspectives
January 19, 2016

Greater Health Care Spending May Moderate Recession’s Negative Health Effects

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JAMA. 2016;315(3):237-239. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.16712

The Great Recession of 2007 to 2009 was the most wrenching economic downturn since the Great Depression. Yet those years of economic havoc had a silver lining. Health care spending increases slowed to the lowest rate in 50 years, but even that slight uptick in spending mitigated increased mortality from heart disease, stroke, and cancer associated with a decline in gross domestic product (GDP) and higher unemployment rates during the 2008 economic collapse (http://bit.ly/1HAjEM0).