Overall health spending growth is well below this year's premium increases, according to a new study released Thursday.

Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending published the study, which compared the nation's health expenditure trends versus Kaiser Family Foundation's latest health benefits survey that showed premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage increased 9 percent in 2011.

That's a hike above overall health spending in the past year, which increased 5 percent during the 12-month period ending in August.

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