ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota has seen a big slowdown in health care spending increases.
The state Department of Health says spending on doctors, drugs and other medical care in Minnesota grew only 2 percent from 2010 to 2011. That caps a three-year period that marked the slowest growth since the state started keeping track in the mid-1990s.
The Star Tribune reports the slowdown was so dramatic it leaves Minnesota in a position to pay back $50 million spent on money-saving health care reforms it created in 2008.
Minnesotans, along with their public and private insurers, spent $38.2 billion on health care in 2011 --well below the spending projection of $40.5 billion.
Minnesota Health Commissioner, Doctor Ed Ehlinger, says the report "confirms Minnesota's reputation for leadership and innovation in the health care sector."
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