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In 2003, the U.S. spent $1.7 trillion on health, an average of $5,671 per person.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2005: With chartbook on trends in the health of Americans. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2005. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus05.pdf

Reference

Title
Health, United States, 2005: With chartbook on trends in the health of Americans
Publisher
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Publication Date
2005
Authors
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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