Dollars spent per capita
$2,874 in 2008 dollars ($1,100 per capita* in 1980 dollars)
$7,681 per capita*
Change in real dollars:
Spending on health care—by private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, as well as out-of-pocket by consumers—has skyrocketed. From 1980 to 2008, national health care spending per capita jumped 167.2 percent, according to data from the U.S. Health and Human Services Dept. In that time, out-of-pocket payments (not including health insurance premiums) for personal health care jumped to $912 dollars per capita, from $667 (2008 dollars). Since 1999, average annual premiums have increased 75 percent in real dollars, to $5,049, according to data
from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. The foundation notes
the roles played by technology, the increased use of prescription drugs, longer life spans, an aging population, and administrative costs in heightening spending.
*Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Annual health spending (including hospital care, physician services, nursing home care, and so forth) by private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, out-of-pocket spending, etc.