Criticism of the US healthcare system often focuses on the most accessible metric of the health and sustainability of our healthcare industry — total spending. The verdict is clear — we spend more on healthcare than almost any other nation, and we can’t always tie that spending to better quality care. Still, for a number we track obsessively, it can be hard to understand the drivers of growth. This is a complicated question, no doubt, but let’s see if we can unpack (at least) some of the details.
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