Healthcare costs will climb 7.5% in 2013, report predicts

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National healthcare costs could jump 7.5% in 2013, which is a faster pace than rates of inflation and the gross domestic product, a new report finds.
 
In a review research from health plan actuaries, industry leaders, analyst reports and employer surveys, PricewaterhouseCoopers analysts observed an extended slowdown in healthcare inflation from earlier decades when annual costs rose by double-digits, Reuters reported.

Analysts speculate that higher costs are associated with a rebounding economy and growth of new medical technologies, including robotic surgery and the nuclear medicine imaging technique known as positron emission tomography. Analysts found that their 7.5% projection is almost double a 3.9% rise in healthcare spending that the federal government says occurred in 2010, Reuters reported.

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