US Health Care Spending

I thought you might like to see the article where I found the 2008 stats for US spending on health care.  And while I’m thinking about it – Did you VOTE TODAY?

Health spending grew in 2008 at the slowest pace in 48 years as the recession throttled back the explosive growth of health costs, the federal government reported Monday.

Health spending topped $2.3 trillion in 2008, up 4.4 percent from the previous year. But the rate of growth in 2008 was down from 6 percent in 2007 and an average increase of 7 percent a year in the decade from 1998 to 2008. Health care accounted for 16.2 percent of the gross domestic product in 2008, up from 15.9 percent in 2007, according to the report, by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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In 2008, health care spending was $7,681 per person according to results published in here by the New York Times in 2010. In Canada, the average per person spending this year is about $5,614.

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