2021 Edition — Health Care Costs 101

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Katherine Wilson, Wilson Analytics


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US health care spending increased 4.6% in 2019 to $3.8 trillion. That translated to spending of $11,582 per person. Health spending accounted for 17.7% of the economy. Health spending grew slightly faster than the economy, which expanded by 4.0%. Hospital care was the largest spending category and accounted for 31% of spending. Private health insurance paid for 31% of all spending, while all public insurance combined paid for 41%. The 2019 spending figures, the most recent available, represent health spending and economic conditions before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The full report will be available later this year. These materials are part of CHCF’s California Health Care Almanac, an online clearinghouse for key data and analyses describing the state’s health care landscape. See our entire collection of current and past editions of Health Care Costs 101.