US health care spending continued its modest growth, increasing by 5.8% in 2015 compared to 5.3% in 2014. This was due in part to coverage expansion under the ACA.
US Health Care Spending: Quick Reference Guide, December 2016 (555 K)
Health Care Costs 101, 2016 Edition (1.33 MB)
US Health Care Spending: Quick Reference Guide, 2016 (555 K)
Health Care Costs 101, 2016, Data File (57 K)
Health Care Costs 101, 2015 Edition (1.4 MB)
US Health Care Spending: Quick Reference Guide, 2015 (536 K)
Health Care Costs 101, 2015, Data File (47 K)
Health Care Costs 101: California Addendum, 2012 (1.76 MB)
California Health Care Spending: Quick Reference Guide, 2012 (566 K)
Health Care Costs 101: California Addendum, 2012, Data File (30 K)
National health spending grew slightly in 2015, from 5.3% in 2014 to 5.8% in 2015. US health spending reached $3.2 trillion in 2015, or $9,990 per capita, and accounted for 17.8% of gross domestic product (GDP). The faster growth was due, in part, to coverage expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and increased spending on prescription drugs.
The Health Care Costs 101 series of reports, which rely on the most recent data available, details how much is spent on health care in the US, which services are purchased, and who is paying for what. The next full edition of the series will be released in 2017.
Key findings include:
A quick reference guide with 2015 data can be found under Document Downloads. Full reports with previous years' data are also available.
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