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BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 29 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1114

US health costs face major increase: The Congressional Budget Office said that federal spending on the Medicare health insurance programme for elderly people and on Medicaid for poor people will rise, within 75 years, to 19% of the gross domestic product (GDP) from the current 4%. Total US spending on health care will rise from the current 16% of GDP to 49%. The problem is not an ageing population, the office said, but greater health costs per person, often …

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