US healthcare spending is expected to accelerate after recent lull

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 05 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5514
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

After five years of historically low growth, healthcare inflation in the United States is expected to begin to pick up again, though not as quickly as in the two decades before the 2007-09 recession, says a new analysis prepared by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

“The growth rate we’re projecting would be higher than the recent past, but much lower than the previous two decades,” said Sean P Keehan, CMS economist and coauthor of the report. “We’re not projecting that growth will get back to its rapid pace …

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