Health care costs continue to rise faster than the rate of inflation. They rose by 8% in 2011 and are expected to increase by 8.5% in 2012, according to the annual Behind the Numbers report on medical costs from PwC’s Health Research Institute. In 2009, personal health care expenditures totaled more than $2 trillion, federal statistics show. Hospital care accounted for the biggest chunk of that spending ($759.1 billion).

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