Unusual respite from surging health care costs

January 7, 2013 by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

(AP)—The government says Americans kept health care spending in check for three consecutive years.

It's an unusual respite, since health care usually surges ahead of overall .

Will the relief linger? That's not clear. It could fade if jobs come roaring back as the economy recovers.

The nation's health care tab stood at $2.7 trillion in 2011, the latest year available, nonpartisan number crunchers with the Health and Human Services Department said Monday.

That's 17.9 percent of the economy, or $8,680 for every man, woman and child, far more than any economically advanced country spends.

Still, it was the third straight year of historically low increases.

The 3.9 percent rise meant that grew in line with the overall economy, which is considered affordable.

Explore further: America hits the brakes on health care spending

shares

Related Stories

America hits the brakes on health care spending

January 9, 2012

Is health-care relief finally in sight? Health spending stabilized as a share of the nation's economy in 2010 after two back-to-back years of historically low growth, the government reported Monday.

Recommended for you

Higher intelligence score means better physical performance

August 14, 2015

New research reveals a distinct association between male intelligence in early adulthood and their subsequent midlife physical performance. The higher intelligence score, the better physical performance, the study reveals. ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.