Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas: Healthcare spending is an important contributor to the economy of the United States, which spends a significant portion of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on healthcare. In 2016 it was 17.8% of the GDP and highest among other high income countries (Papanicolas, Woskie, and Jha, 2018). You can watch a video about these findings at this link. For this discussion with your classmates, read the article from the CTU Library discussing trends in the US healthcare economy. Choose one of the eight trends described. Describe the trend in your own words by paraphrasing. Do not use any direct quotes or copy from the article. Research the trend and discuss your thoughts about the significance of the trend on the US healthcare economy in the future. Use scholarly references published within the last five years and cite them using APA formatting. References: Vogenberg, F.R. and Santilli, J. (2018). Healthcare trends for 2018. American Health & Drug Benefits 11(1):48-54. (February 2018) Papanicolas, I., Woskie, L.R., and Jha, A.K. (2018) Health care spending in the United States and other high income countries. Journal of the American Medical Association 319(10):1024-1039. Retrieved from https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2674671

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