National health spending in June 2012 increased 3.9 percent in comparison to June 2011, which is a decrease from May’s 4.2 percent growth rate, according to data from the August Health Sector Economic Indicators briefs by Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending.

Based on annual revisions in government data, spending growth from 2010 to 2011 is at 5.2 percent as opposed to the earlier estimate of 4.3 percent. While health care prices in June 2012 were up 1.9 percent from June 2011, they were down a tenth from May, and on a 12-month moving average scale, price growth has dipped lower than at any time since January 1999.

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