The Cost Conundrum

Bush, Haydn
June 2008
H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks;Jun2008, Vol. 82 Issue 6, p42
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the efforts to slow down the increase in health care expenditures. For decades, aggregate U.S. health care costs have risen far beyond the growth of the rest of the economy. From 1940 to 1990, health care spending increased at a rate of roughly 4 percent a year, rising from 4.5 percent to 12.2 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. Health Affairs reported in early 2008 that overall health care costs in 2006 represented 16 percent of GDP.


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