U.S. health spending in 2015 rose at fastest rate since 2007

) hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni which in 2015 generated combined sales of nearly $20 billion.

Spending for private health insurance rose 7.2 percent in 2015 to $1.1 trillion, accounting for a third of the total. Medicare spending rose 4.5 percent to $646.2 billion, or 20 percent of the total, and Medicaid spending rose 9.7 percent to $545.1 billion, or 17 percent of the total.

(Reporting by Toni Clarke in Washington; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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