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TRENDS: National health expenditures $2.9 trillion in 2013

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of the Actuary, produces statistics each year on national health expenditures with comparisons to previous years.

National Health Expenditures: US Total

  • $2.3 trillion 2007
  • $2.4 trillion 2008
  • $2.5 trillion 2009
  • $2.6 trillion 2010
  • $2.7 trillion 2011
  • $2.8 trillion 2012
  • $2.9 trillion 2013

National Health Expenditures as a Percent of Gross Domestic Product: U.S.

  • This has been exactly the same — 17.4 percent from 2009 through and including 2013
  • It was a little lower before that — 15.9 percent in 2007 and 16.4 percent in 2008

Source: Hartman, M., Martin, A.B., and others. (2015, Jan.). National health spending in 2013: growth slows, remains in step with the overall economy. Health Affairs, 34(1), 150-160. Retrieved from http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/early/2014/11/25/hlthaff.2014.1107 

NOTE: Another good place to research these statistics is on the CMS website here: http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/NationalHealthExpendData/NationalHealthAccountsHistorical.html

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