Research from the National Center for Policy Analysis suggests that U.S. health care spending is beginning to accelerate again after several years of slowdown. Spending as a percentage of gross domestic product dropped from 17.4% in 2009 to 17.2% in 2012, but the figure inched back up to 17.4% in the first quarter of this year; and real per capita health care spending grew by 2.2% while real per capita GDP growth was 0.8% from the first quarter of 2013 to the first quarter of 2014.

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