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Healthcare Costs Continue to Rise

Healthcare Costs Continue to Rise


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by Dorothy Seleski
Healthcare costs continued to increase in 2004 at nearly the same rate as in 2003. According to a study from the Center for Studying Health Systems Change (HSC), 1 the cost of healthcare services increased 8.2 percent in 2004, compared with 8.4 percent growth in 2003. Whereas growth in costs for many sectors of healthcare remained virtually unchanged, there was a modest growth in the cost of inpatient and outpatient hospital services compared with last year.;