Healthcare Costs Soar 6.9 Percent

Washington

Healthcare spending increased 6.9 percent in 2000, the highestannual increase since 1993, the U.S. Department of Health and HumanServices reports.

The report prompted calls from health insurance representativesfor Congress to stop pursuing legislative initiatives that they saywould increase liabilities, add to the system's costs, and make thesituation even worse.

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