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(Chad Hipolito For The Globe and Mail)

BREAKINGVIEWS

Greying America driving health spending

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Don’t blame medical costs for the rise in America’s debt. Washington agonizes over runaway health care spending, but that trend has been changing. Over the longer term, the federal government’s bigger problem will stem from the number of people needing treatment.