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S&P indicies show health costs rising faster again

After a period of relative slowdowns in the pace of health care spending, the newest data shows costs are rising faster again.

The Standard & Poor’s Economic Healthcare Indices for the year ending December 2011 were just released. They show costs of health care rising a bit faster than they had been previously. For the 12-month period ended December 2011, the average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare programs increased by 5.28% in 2011 — a sharp increase from the Nov. 2011 rate of 4.85%. For commercial insurance plans alone, healthcare costs increased by 7.11%.

Several sub-indices tracked by the S&P, such as the Professional Services Medicare Index, the Hospital Medicare Index, the Professional Services Commercial Index and the Hospital Commercial Index were also up from their positions in November.

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