Health care spending shows slowing trend

Behavior changes and recession key as costs taper off. Annie Lowrey, New York Times, April 29, 2012 Washington - The growth of health spending has slowed substantially in the last few years, surprising experts and offering some fuel for optimism about the federal government’s long-term fiscal performance. Much of the slowdown is because of the recession, and thus not unexpected, health experts say. But some of it seems to be due to changing behavior by consumers and providers of health care - meaning that the lower rates of growth might persist even as the economy picks up. ... Health