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27: Percent that prescription drug prices rose between 2012 and 2016 despite fewer people using brand-name prescriptions and generic drug prices remaining the same or dropping slightly

32: Percentage increase in average cost of an emergency room visit between 2012-2016

30: Percentage increase in average price for a surgical admission to a hospital

Source: Health Care Cost Institute

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