Second Look—Advocacy

Healthcare  spending

Data released by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) find  that per-capita spending on health care in the United States increased by 4.5  percent during 2014, while overall health spending grew by 5.3 percent. CMS  notes that healthcare spending grew 1.2 percentage points faster than the  overall economy in 2014, resulting in a 0.2 percentage-point increase in the  health spending share of gross domestic product, from 17.3 percent to 17.5  percent. The report states that the increase in spending growth was driven  primarily by an expansion of coverage under the ACA and a rise in prescription  drug costs.

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