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Health care spending in the U.S. continues to increase, a new study from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) finds. Overall, per-person spending increased 4.2 percent in 2017, the report found. The average annual health care spending for individuals with employer-sponsored plans reached an all-time high of $5,641 for 2017.

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