July 19, 2012

Minnesota’s Health Care Spending Slows


Health care spending in Minnesota rose just 2.2 percent in 2010 -- the slowest annual growth rate since 1997, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Wednesday. Lingering effects of the 2008-09 recession probably explain much of the slowdown, as Minnesotans delayed routine and acute care, according to Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger. In addition, surveys indicate that many people lost employer health coverage… Although hospital systems such as the Mayo Clinic, Fairview Health System and Allina Health have been experimenting with insurers on ways to control costs, these efforts remain too small to make much of a dent in overall spending, department analysts said.


Star Tribune by Paul Walsh

Tags: Ed Ehlinger, Finanical, health care spending, Health Policy, Minnesota Department of Health, Star Tribune

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