Growth in US healthcare spending is at slowest in 50 yearsBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c81 (Published 06 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c81
- Bob Roehr
- 1Washington, DC
Spending on health care in the United States grew by 4.4% in 2008, the lowest rate in the nearly 50 years since the federal government began tracking the figure, says an annual report prepared by the federal agency the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The fall in the growth rate was attributed to belt tightening under the current economic recession, though the rate continued to outpace the overall growth in the economy, which was 3.3% in 2008.
Healthcare spending rose from 15.9% to 16.2% of gross domestic product during 2008, the report says (Health Affairs 2010;29:147-55, doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2009.0839). In total, spending on health care …