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US health spending reaches a sixth of gross domestic product

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 26 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:198
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York 218, 117, 118

    Total spending on health care in the United States grew by 7.9% in 2004 and now accounts for 16% of the gross domestic product, says the National Health Statistics Group of the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    Total health spending in the US in 2004 was $6280 (£3520; €5120) per person, or a total for the population of nearly 300 million of around $1.9 trillion, says the group's report (Health Affairs 2006;25: 186-96).

    The increase is largely due to new medical treatments, rising prices, and greater use of services, the report says. “Medical …

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