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Health Care Costs Soar In Oregon

(Salem, OR)  --  A new Oregon Health Authority report says per person health care costs grew faster than income between 2013 and 2019, before the pandemic.  The report says health care costs jumped 49-percent, driven by prescription drug costs and the cost of professional services.  Personal income grew 31-percent and average wages grew 21-percent.  Data from 2020 and 2021 was not included, so it's not clear what direct impact COVID-19 had on health care costs.

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