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In 2018

U.S. Health Care Spending Up 4.6 Percent in 2018

Acceleration in overall growth driven by faster growth in private health insurance and Medicare
Physicians from the United States and other high-income countries report difficulties with care coordination

U.S. Primary Care Doctors Face Challenges in Coordinating Care

Substantial proportion of U.S. doctors do not get timely notifications, information needed from specialists
From 2016 to 2019

2016 to 2019 Saw Increase in Medical Students With Disabilities

Increases seen in psychological disabilities, chronic health conditions
Extending the current human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program to age 45 years is expected to produce small additional reductions in HPV-associated diseases with high additional costs

Extending HPV Vaccination to Age 45 Provides Small Additional Benefit

Vaccinating women and men to age 45 years predicted to have high costs per QALY gained
Retail prescription drug prices in the United States fell by 1 percent last year

Retail Prescription Drug Prices Fall for First Time in 45 Years

Decrease due to drops in generic drug prices and slow growth in the cost of brand-name medications
In 2017

Rural Population Underrepresented Among Medical Students

Number of rural medical students would need to quadruple to meet share of rural residents in U.S. population
Federal health officials are currently investigating a multistate outbreak of Escherichia coli infection linked to romaine lettuce thought to be grown in Salinas

More Than 100 E. Coli Illnesses Now Linked to Romaine Lettuce

Twenty-three states have now reported cases, up from 19 last week; no deaths reported so far
Infections linked to injections of black tar heroin have killed seven people in San Diego County in the past two months

Seven Deaths in California From Infections Tied to Black Tar Heroin

Nine people, aged 19 to 57, have been admitted to area hospitals with myonecrosis bacterial infections
The annual reported measles incidence decreased from 2000 to 2018

Annual Reported Measles Incidence Dropped From 2000 to 2018

Measles vaccination averted an estimated 23.2 million deaths during 2000 to 2018
While affiliating with health systems may boost a rural hospital's financial viability

Services Affected by Rural Hospitals Joining Health Systems

Reductions seen in imaging, on-site obstetric services, on-site primary care