In medical news:

Growth in health spending is expected to decline slightly in 2016 to 6.5 percent, a step below the 6.8 percent trend projected for 2015, according to a report released by the Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) Health Research Institute. The institute also anticipates a two percentage point dip below last year’s projections to 4.5% net growth in health spending, after accounting for benefit design changes. These numbers stick with a general trend of health care spending decreases over the last several years. The Director of the PwC HRI, Benjamin Isgur, cited telemedicine and “health advisers” as major “deflating” factors that should continue over time to decrease costs in the system.

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