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A CT scan at a hospital. Photo: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images

A lot has changed in the past decade — a recession, a recovery, the passage and implementation of a landmark health care law. But some things you can always count on — like health care spending continuing to climb steadily higher every year.

The big picture: Per-person health care spending rose by 44%, or about 4% per year, from 2007 to 2016, according to new research published in Health Affairs.

  • This analysis only includes employer-based health insurance, making the Affordable Care Act a less significant factor. It also doesn’t include premiums — just spending on actual care.

Warning sign: Spending growth slowed immediately after the recession but is now increasing at roughly pre-recession levels.

Winners: Doctors and outpatient hospital facilities drove the bulk of the spending increases, followed by inpatient hospital care.

Deductibles have also risen over the same time period. So, not only are costs going up, but workers are spending more of their own money, out of pocket, to cover those costs.

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Why it matters: Buying Dunkin’ will more than double Inspire’s footprint, making it one of the biggest restaurant deals in the past 10 years. This could ultimately set up an IPO for Inspire, which already owns Arby's, Jimmy John's and Buffalo Wild Wings.

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Federal judge halts Trump administration limit on TikTok

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A federal judge on Friday issued an injunction preventing the Trump administration from imposing limits on the distribution of TikTok, Bloomberg reports. The injunction request came as part of a suit brought by creators who make a living on the video service.

Why it matters: The administration has been seeking to force a sale of, or block, the Chinese-owned service. It also moved to ban the service from operating in the U.S. as of Nov. 12, a move which was put on hold by Friday's injunction.