US health care spending continued its modest growth in 2015. This was due in part to increased use of services as enrollment in Medicaid and private insurance expanded.
Health Care Costs 101: Spending Rose with More Coverage and Care, 2017 Edition (2.17 MB)
Health Care Costs 101: Charts, 2017 (22.94 MB)
Health Care Costs 101, 2017 Edition, Data File (78 K)
US Health Care Spending: Quick Reference Guide, December 2016 (555 K)
California Health Care Spending: Quick Reference Guide, 2017 (566 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)
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. Projections for 2016 through 2025 have health spending growth slowing slightly.
The Health Care Costs 101 series of reports, which relies 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.
Key findings include:
The full report, as well as a quick reference guide and all the charts found in the report, can be found under Document Downloads. Full reports with previous years' data are also available.
US Health Care Spending: Who Pays?
California Health Care Spending
Health Spending Projections: 2015-2025
The CHCF Blog: New Report Assesses Government Health Care Roles, Sounds Alarm Bell on Prescription Drug Spending
The CHCF Blog: Landmark Changes in Insurance Coverage Lead to Acceleration in 2014 National Health Care Spending
Health Care Spending in California: Who Pays?, 2012