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Medical Inflation on Intercept Trajectory With Wage Earners
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Imagine a chart with two lines drawn on it. The top line, holding horizontal with tiny annual increases, is the average income for Americans. The bottom line, rocketing upward like a surface-to-air missile on an intercept course, is the rising cost of healthcare. How long before those two lines collide?

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  October 25, 2010

 
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