Health Care Spending Rose 6.9% In 2000, Biggest Jump Since ’93
Health care spending climbed 6.9% in 2000, the highest annual increase since 1993, the Department of Health and Human Services reports.
The report prompted calls from health insurance representatives for Congress to stop pursuing legislative initiatives that they say would only serve to make the situation worse.
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Specifically, the HHS report says health care spending in the U.S. rose to $1.3 trillion in 2000, or an average of $4,637 per person.
This compares with slightly more than $1.2 trillion, or an average of $4,377 per person, in 1999.
HHS attributes the increase primarily to economy-wide inflation.