Though the economy has shown signs of modest improvement, the health care spending share of the nation's GDP hasn't retreated to pre-recession level.

According to the August Health Sector Economic Indicators briefs released by Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending, health spending reached 18 percent of GDP in June 2009 and has now ticked up to 18.1 percent.

But, analysts say, the slight increase is not because of spending, but a stall in the economy.

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