Health Care Costs 101: National Spending in 2017

Katherine Wilson, Wilson Analytics


National health spending grew by 3.9% in 2017, slower than the 4.8% growth in 2016. US spending reached $3.5 trillion in 2017, or $10,739 per capita, and accounted for 17.9% of gross domestic product (GDP). The slower growth was mainly due to slower growth in spending on hospital care, physician services, and retail prescription drugs.

A full report will be available in spring 2019. 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.