Health Care Spending Outpaces Inflation Despite Efforts to Control Costs

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State efforts have slowed the rate at which health care costs are rising, but cost-control measures still aren’t meeting their goal of keeping spending below inflation, The Boston Globe reports.

According to the report, costs outpaced inflation thanks in large part to Massachusetts’ largest insurer and health care provider.

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Spending at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts jumped 3.65 percent, and as much as 4 percent for some Partners HealthCare patients last year, compared with an inflation rate of 1.4 percent in the Boston metropolitan area. Overall health care spending grew 2.3 percent, according to the report from the Center for Health Information and Analysis, a state agency.

“The biggest insurer, the biggest provider — that’s where there’s continued cost growth,” said Aron Boros, executive director of the Center for Health Information and Analysis. “You could almost say as goes Partners and Blue Cross Blue Shield, so goes Massachusetts.”

You can read the full Boston Globe report here.