Global health care spending will triple over the next 15 years to $10 trillion dollars, according to survey findings by PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.[@@]
The survey projects that health care spending will consume 21% of the gross domestic product in the U.S. Such spending is the highest in the world at more than twice the amount per person ($5,635) than in other developed countries ($2,192, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development).
The survey of 250 U.S. health care leaders was part of a larger worldwide study, HealthCast 2020, which addresses health trends and solutions for building a stronger, sustainable health system.
Other key findings:
o About half of U.S. health leaders surveyed said direct cost-sharing by patients would be effective or very effective at controlling demand for health care.