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1/10/2006: Record Share of U.S. Economy Is Spent on Health Care (The Washington Post; subscription may be required)
Excerpt: Rising health care costs, already threatening many basic industries, now consume 16 percent of the nation's economic output -- the highest proportion ever, the government said yesterday in its latest calculation. The nation's health care bill continued to grow substantially faster than inflation and wages, increasing by almost 8 percent in 2004, the most recent year with near-final numbers.
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