The cost of healthcare for those with private health insurance in Minnesota increased 16% per person in 2002, the highest recorded increase since the state began tracking costs in the mid-1990s, the Minnesota health department said. Physician and hospital services accounted for 66% of the spending growth, while prescription drugs were responsible for 22%. Advances in technology, investments in new facilities and healthcare labor shortages contributed to the increase, the agency said. Minnesota healthcare spending for the privately insured grew 10% in 2001. -- by Patrick Reilly
Minn. reports 16% healthcare spending growth
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