tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2006 Issue 4

SPENDING: Health Care Spending Shows Signs Of Slowing

Reduced growth stirs up mixed emotions among industry leaders The 7.9 percent rise in health care spending during 2004 offers some consolation--this marks the second straight year that the spending growth rate for health care has been on the decline. Industry leaders, however, have mixed opinions on what conclusions to draw from the spending slowdown. Health care spending was $1.9 trillion in 2004--$6,280 per person, according to an annual report the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of the Actuary released Jan. 10. The 7.9 percent healthcare spending growth rate has slowed from 9...

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