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Drug spending raises U.S. healthcare tab

AP/Yahoo News, January 8, 2008
Seniors and the disabled using new Medicare drug cards fueled a 6.7 percent increase in health spending in 2006, according to a federal report. In most other areas of healthcare, there was a slowdown in spending, the report showed. While it still cost more to go to the hospital or doctor, the increase was not as great as in the previous year. The $2.1 trillion spent on healthcare in 2006 came to an average of $7,026 a person.