Health Care Spending in California: Who Pays?

California ranked among the lowest in the nation for per capita health spending in 2009. Still, the total was $230 billion.

May 2012

Health spending represents a significant share of California's economy, but the amount spent ranks among the lowest in the nation — both per person and per Medicaid enrollee. Since reaching its peak of 9.7% in 2003, the pace of growth in health spending in the state has been decelerating. By 2009, toward the end of the recession, spending grew 4.5%, similar to the US rate of 4.6%, and the slowest pace since 1999.

The data visualization below is derived from Health Care Costs 101: California Addendum, 2012, part of CHCF's California Health Care Almanac.