US health spending jumped to $2.5 trillion—17.6% of GDP

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 07 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d65
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Healthcare spending in the United States jumped by 1% to 17.6% of the gross domestic product (GDP) between 2008 and 2009, the largest one year increase in the 50 year history of the National Health Expenditures Accounts report.

The rise came despite the fact that overall healthcare spending grew by 4% during this time, the slowest rate ever recorded. This comes on top of a 4.7% increase in health spending in 2008, the second slowest rate of growth in annual expenditures, says the report, which is prepared by the federal agency the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Total healthcare spending topped $2.5 trillion (£1.6 trillion; €1.9 trillion). That averages out to $8086 for every …

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