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The placebo effect on health-care costs
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Dec. 2, 2013 11:12 a.m.



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It probably would surprise you to learn that health-care costs in this country may finally be coming under control.

The truth is that from 2007 to 2010, per-capita health-care spending rose just 1.8 per cent annually. Since then, the annual increase has been a paltry 1.3 per cent.

James Surowiecki SAYS one of the reasons for this trend is the simple fact that people are talking about health-care costs:

The slowdown in spending is due in part to the recession and the tepid recovery—but not as much as you’d think. A recent paper by the Harvard economists David Cutler and ...

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