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CMS: Health spending share of GDP stabilizes

High-deductible plans helped hold down costs.
High-deductible plans helped hold down costs.

Health care devoured a huge share of total U.S. national income in 2011, but no more than it ate up in 2009 and 2010.

Micah Hartman and other researchers in the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have reported that finding in the latest National Health Expenditure Accounts report.

In the acute care sector, the rate of growth in spending on physician services increased to 4.2 percent, from 3.2 percent, but the rate of growth in spending on hospital care fell to 4.3 percent, from 4.9 percent.

The rate of growth in spending on research plummeted, to 1.7 percent, from 8.2 percent.

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