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The rate of annual growth in American health care spending dropped from 5.7 percent during the first decade of the new century to 3.6 percent during the period of 2010-2016, according to new data compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Between 2010 and 2016, spending on both prescription drugs and physicians and clinics grew by an average of 4.4 percent each year, while spending grew at a similar pace for hospitals and clinics. Hospital spending represented 32 percent of overall health spending in 2016, while physicians and clinics represent 20 percent of total spending, according to the foundation. Prescriptions accounted for 10 percent of total health spending.

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