Health Care Spending Redux

ikoniFive percent of  the U.S. population account for almost 50% of health care spending. In 2009, spending on health care in the U.S. reached $2.5 trillion, or $8,100 per person, and 17.6 percent of GDP.

Higher spending for hospital care and physician and clinical services accounted for half of the increase in total national health spending between 2005 and 2009 and more than 80 percent of the increase in private insurance premiums over the period.
Source: National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation (NIHCM)

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