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Health Spending Projections Through 2018: Recession Effects Add Uncertainty to the Outlook

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    • Home health care spending is projected to reach $64.4 billion in 2008.  
    • Hospital spending is projected to reach $746.5 billion in 2008.  
    • Spending on physician and clinical services is expected to reach $508.5 billion in 2008.  
    • Spending on prescription drugs is projected to grow 3.5% in 2008–a slowdown of 1.4% from 2007–and reach $235.4 billion. Drug spending growth is expected to rebound to 4.5% in…  
    • National health spending is projected to reach $4.4 trillion by 2018.  
    • National health spending numbers are projected to reach $2.4 trillion for 2008.  
    • Public payers are anticipated to become the largest health care funding source in 2016, and pay for more than half of national health spending in 2018.  
    • The health share of the GDP is projected to rise from 16.2% in 2007 to 17.6% in 2009. It is then projected to climb to 20.3% by 2018.  
    • Between 2008 and 2018, average annual growth in health spending is projected to be 6.2%. This is 2.1% higher than the annual GDP growth.