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Health care spending increased at twice the rate of inflation

In 2005, spending on health care rose at twice the rate of general inflation. Consumers faced increased deductibles and co-pays. Health care spending increased 6.9% with the total amount spent by individuals, insurers, and the government hitting almost $2 trillion. This equals roughly $6,697 per person. Both in-hospital care and outpatient service spending accounted for a main factor in the spending growth, growing at nearly 8%.

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