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The government statisticians estimated that health costs will reach $13,100 per person in 2018, accounting for $1 out of every $5 spent in the economy.
Policymakers would like to slow the rate of increase in spending, but that has proven difficult, because American-style medicine care relies on intensive use of costly high-tech tests and procedures.
In a separate report, also due out Tuesday, private researchers looked at spending on medical conditions and found that the most costly were mental disorders -- including Alzheimer's -- and heart problems.
The White House says Obama believes that out-of-control costs are the main obstacle to securing coverage for all.
"Health care costs are crushing middle-class families and the small businesses that fuel job growth in this country," said White House spokesman Reid Cherlin. "President Obama believes that if we're going to get our economy back on track, we have to act quickly to address this pressing issue."
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