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Behind the numbers: Medical cost trends for 2010

The Obama administration framed health reform around three goals, all of which could affect medical cost trends in 2010. This annual report on medical cost trends was published in June 2009 and considered the effect that health reform would have on costs. Broader health insurance coverage, particularly if paired with an individual mandate, could reduce the cost shifting that increases medical costs to private payers. While the reforms themselves will have minimal short-term impact, the prospect of health reform may help to sustain pressure on medical pricing in 2010.
Behind the numbers: Medical cost trends for 2010

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