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Americans spend a lot on health care, but less than in the past

$9,000 per person – that’s what America spends on health care. And that’s more than any other country.
Syracuse (ABC) - $9,000 per person – that’s what America spends on health care. And that’s more than any other country.

But a report out today from IMS health, a healthcare information company, found that in 2012 Americans spent less on healthcare.

We may not be saving for the right reasons. Americans saved by skipping doctor visits and taking fewer prescriptions. Experts say Americans are skipping out because of a weak economy.

We also saved by buying lower-cost generic drugs – 84 percent of all prescriptions are now for generics.

But today’s study found that not everyone is saving. Patients with private insurance are paying more out of pocket in co-pays and higher deductibles.

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