Healthcare Cost Growth Slows but Easily Outpaces Inflation

The average growth in per capita cost of healthcare services slowed over the past year, but the overall pace of that growth continues to outstrip inflation in the larger economy, according to Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices. Given the peculiarities of healthcare, it is unlikely that the sector's cost growth will be brought in line with the Consumer Price Index anytime soon.

1 comments on "Healthcare Cost Growth Slows but Easily Outpaces Inflation"
Jonathan Lauer (11/20/2012 at 10:04 AM)

Healthcare is growing at over double the rate of CPI inflation. Amazing that data like this is so routine that when the insane growth rate it is slightly less bad, it can be spun positively as "slowing". To get out of this mess, we need HC growing slower than inflation for a decade or so. We are trained to expect HC to grow faster than everything else and technology to get cheaper.


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