Twenty five years ago, $1 out of every $10 spent in the United States was directed at medical care. In 2005, the last year figures are available, $1 of every $6 was spent on health care.

Health care spending rose 6.9 percent in 2005, the slowest pace of increase in six years. The Associated Press reports the relatively small increase comes from greater reliance on generic drugs.

The spending pattern is compiled from reports produced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Prescription drug spending growth was lower than overall medical spending for the first time since the early 1990s.

It stands to reason that health care spending is concentrated. Two percent of all U.S. consumers account for about a third of all health care expenditures.

Hospitals account for about 30 percent of all health care spending, according to the federal Medicaid and Medicare agency. Physicians received a little over 21 percent and drugs make up about 10 percent of all spending.

Economists quoted by The Associated Press said health-care spending often increases at a much faster rate than the overall economy during recessions and in the years immediately following.

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