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February 8, 2019

Health spending growth has slowed, thanks in part to healthier hearts

A new study co-authored by Trivellore Raghunathan, was featured in the Washington Post. Per-capita spending growth has slowed from 3.8% each year from 1992-2004 to 1.1% beginning in 2005. The largest slowdown in spending was related to heart health. Lead author, David Culter, said, “We think that half of the reduction in cardiovascular cost growth is a result of more people taking medications and taking them more regularly.”

The original article, Explaining The Slowdown In Medical Spending Growth Among The Elderly, 1999-2012, was published in Health Affairs.