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Healthcare experts worry of cost boom

The Oregonian, April 21, 2008
Medical price inflation cooled for the fourth consecutive year in 2007, but experts say the stage is set for health costs to rebound with a vengeance. In 2007, premiums for family coverage increased 6.1 percent, the slowest growth rate since 1999. Premiums rose an average of 7.7 percent in 2006. A return to double digit inflation would be jarring--affordability already troubles many families and business.