Growth chart with coins For those on private health insurance plans, per-enrollee spending dropped nearly half a percent in 2020 before rising by a projected 5.5% in 2021. (Image: Shutterstock)

After increasing by nearly 10% during the pandemic, U.S. health care spending is expected to grow by about the rate of inflation over the rest of this decade.

National health spending surged 9.7% in 2020, rising from $3.8 trillion in 2019 to $4.1 trillion in 2020, according to a study reported in Health Affairs. Spending growth was projected to drop to less than half of that, 4.2% or about $4.3 trillion, in 2021. Actuaries project 4.6% spending growth in 2022, or about $4.5 trillion.

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