Health-care issues soared by 43.7% in the first half of 1993 compared with the same period in 1992, with refundings providing most of the push.

A total of 506 issues were priced during the first half of this year, totaling $15.6 billion. In the first half of 1992, 443 issues for a $10.8 billion total were priced, according to statistics compiled by Securities Data Co.

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