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(Bloomberg Business) — The national medical bill may be back to growing faster than gross domestic product. After five years of historically slow growth, new data show U.S. health care spending accelerated significantly in 2014.

The analysis, from the Altarum Institute research group and based on preliminary government data, shows health spending increasing by 5 percent last year, compared to 3.6 percent in 2013. If confirmed by the final tally, health care spending during 2014 would mark the biggest jump since before the recession.

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