Silver Book Fact

The typical caregiver is a 46-year-old woman with at least some college experience, providing more than 20 hours of weekly care to her mother. However, nearly 4 in 10 caregivers are men.

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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  • U.S. health care spending increased 6.9% in 2005 to almost $2.0 trillion, or $6,697 a person.  
  • Total U.S. health expenditures reached $2.1 trillion in 2006, which translates to $7,026 per person or 16% of the nation’s GDP.