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Health Care Costs: 1965-2004

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

Related Facts

  • U.S. health care spending increased 6.9% in 2005 to almost $2.0 trillion, or $6,697 a person.  
  • Health Care Spending Related to Chronic Diseases is Dwarfed by the Indirect Costs of These Health Problems  
  • 1/3 of older people without a spouse or child received no care in 1999, compared to 1/4 of older people with a spouse and a child (or children).  
  • Distribution of Medicare Enrollees Age 65 and Over Using Assistive Devices and/or Receiving Personal Care for a Chronic Disability, 1984, 1989, 1994, and 1999  
  • CBO’s 75-Year Projections for Total National Health Spending