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Rx spending out of the spotlight?

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Prescription drugs dropped to third place among spending categories driving overall health care cost increases in 2001, a Sept. 25 analysis by the Center for Studying Health System Change shows. Hospital cost increases (particularly for outpatient services) and payment for physician services outpaced Rx spending as a growth driver. Hospital costs represented more than half the overall increase in health care spending in 2001; physician services accounted for 28%. Rx costs accounted for 21% of the increase, down from 34% two years ago...
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