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POLICY/SYSTEM: Costs increases slowing slightly

The Center for Health System Change is out with its assessment of cost increases for 2003. And believe it or not, they say costs increases are slowing, down to a mere 7.9% from 9.5% in 2002 and 10% in 2001. This is worrying news for the health care system which is having trouble making its price increases stick with the rest of society slowly improving news for the economy which is being suffocated by increasing health care costs, which result in more un and under-insured individuals and more trouble for government and employers in these cash-strapped times.

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