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The history of healthcare spending in seven graphs

The Washington Post, January 10, 2012
Health care spending grew more slowly in the past two years than it has in over five decades. Even with health care costs growth slowing, the U.S. still devotes 18 percent of its economy to the sector, more than most other industrialized countries. These charts explain how that happened, what drives up health care costs and whether they'll continue to slow in years to come.