SPOTLIGHT: Reform will boost healthcare spending

The implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is expected to increase healthcare spending over the next decade by 0.2 percentage point more than prior estimates, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS now predicts healthcare spending will increase at a 6.3 percent clip between 2010 and 2019, compared to the 6.1 percent previously projected by the agency in February. Total healthcare spending will grow from $2.6 trillion in 2010 to $4.57 trillion in 2019. The healthcare sector's total share of the gross domestic product will rise from 17.5 percent to 19.6 percent. Health Affairs