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National Health Expenditure Projections 2007-2017

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    • Growth in hospital spending is expected to increase from 7% (2006) to 7.5% in 2007–partially because of higher Medicaid payment rates.  
    • Private health expenditures is expected to grow to 6.3% in 2007–increasing from 5.4% in 2006.  
    • By 2017, U.S. health care spending is expected to grow to more than $4.3 trillion and comprise 19.5% of the GDP.  
    • U.S. health care spending is expected to grow 6.7% in 2007, and remain near the same rate through 2017.