CMS Actuary: U.S. Saw Lowest Growth in Health Care Spending in 50 Years, Yet Highest Year-over-Year Increase as Portion of GDP

Overall U.S. health care spending increased by 4.0 percent in 2009 even as the nation’s economy, measured as gross domestic product (GDP), shrunk by 1.7 percent, according to the latest annual National Health Expenditure Accounts report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary. That’s the lowest spending increase in…