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

“Health care spending growth exceeded 4 percent for the secondconsecutive year, outpacing per capita GDP growth,” said NiallBrennan, president and CEO of HCCI. “And for the most part,Americans aren't using more health care services, which means we'reessentially paying more and more for the same amount of healthcare.”

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