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Who’s paying for the nation’s $2.6 trillion health care tab?

As a nation, the U.S .spent nearly $2.6 trillion on health care in 2010. Who’s picking up the tab? Here’s the percent paid by the public and private sectors:

Private sector total: 55.1%

  • Business: 20.6%
  • Household: 28.0 %
  • Other: 6.6%

Public sector total : 44.9%

  • Federal government: 28.6%
  • State/local government: 16.2%

Source: Martin AB and others [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services]. Growth in US health spending remained slow in 2010; health share of gross domestic product was unchanged from 2009. Health Affairs, Jan. 2012. http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/31/1/208.abstract

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