New York Times article "Health Spending Rises, but at a Slower Rate" (January 4th, 2010) makes the same mistake that The Times made two months before, reviewed in this Corrections article. Corrections avoids repetition, but this issue bears it. The Times contains an entire article about rising medical expenditure without ever mentioning whether or not the good being provided has decreased, increased, or stayed the same. To wit: it could be that heath cost per unit-of-health has decreased, and elastically-demanding Americans are now consuming more, cheaper health.
Reporting on expenditures rising, falling, or staying the same without mentioning receivables gives a reader no idea about whether or not a situation is better, worse, or the same. All nine combinations are possible.