National Health Expenditures in U.S. in 2019

I’ll be using these stats in my upcoming healthcare reform manifesto unless I can find 2020 numbers:

  • National health expenditures (NHE) grew 4.6% to $3.8 trillion in 2019, or $11,582 per person, and accounted for 17.7% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
  • Medicare spending grew 6.7% to $799.4 billion in 2019, or 21 percent of total NHE.
  • Medicaid spending grew 2.9% to $613.5 billion in 2019, or 16 percent of total NHE.
  • Private health insurance spending grew 3.7% to $1,195.1 billion in 2019, or 31 percent of total NHE.
  • Out of pocket spending grew 4.6% to $406.5 billion in 2019, or 11 percent of total NHE.
  • Hospital expenditures grew 6.2% to $1,192.0 billion in 2019, faster than the 4.2% growth in 2018.
  • Physician and clinical services expenditures grew 4.6% to $772.1 billion in 2019, a faster growth than the 4.0% in 2018.
  • Prescription drug spending increased 5.7% to $369.7 billion in 2019 [that’s 9.7% of NHE], faster than the 3.8% growth in 2018.
  • The largest shares of total health spending were sponsored by the federal government (29.0 percent) and the households (28.4 percent).   The private business share of health spending accounted for 19.1 percent of total health care spending, state and local governments accounted for 16.1 percent, and other private revenues accounted for 7.5 percent.

Steve Parker, M.D.

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