Chart showing increase The steady increase across all service areas is notable at a time of upheaval in the health care markets, most notably the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Health care spending rose steadily over the past decade, with spending increases found in most major categories of service, according to a new report in Health Affairs. The study, using claims data from the Health Care Cost Institute, found that total health spending per capita for enrollees in employer-sponsored insurance plans increased by 44 percent from 2007 through 2016.

The report looked at spending for four major service categories: inpatient hospital, outpatient facility, professional services, and prescription drugs. The research focused on spending on services rather than premium increases.

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