(Managed Care Magazine) – In December, CMS actuaries reported that total spending on health care increased by just 3.6% in 2013, the smallest annual increase in national health care spending on record, which goes back to 1960. The growth in aggregate private health insurance premiums was 2.8% in 2013, down from 4.0% in 2012. Medicare spending was also part of the notable downshifting. It increased by 3.4% in 2013, down from 4.0% the year before.
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