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Health Care: More Uninsured As Insurance Costs Grow Faster

Key clinical point: Health care–spending growth rate rose to 4.6% in 2018.

Major finding: Total health care spending reached $3.6 trillion.

Study details: The increase was driven mainly by the health insurance tax, a tax that Congress put a moratorium on in 2017, according to data issued by the CMS Office of the Actuary.

Disclosures: No conflicts of interest.


Hartman M et al. Health Affairs. 2019. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2019.00451.