U.S. health spending accounted for $2.9 trillion in U.S. spending in 2013, or 17.4 percent U.S. gross domestic product (GDP).
National health expenditure (NHE) grew a total of 3 percent between 2012 and 2013, and 2.9 percent per person.
The total share of GDP going to health care held steady.
Micah Hartman and other analysts at the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the NHE data in a report in Health Affairs, an academic journal that focuses on health care delivery and health finance.
Private business spending on health care increased 4 percent, to $611 billion. The rate of increase slowed from 4.8 percent in 2012.
Households increased their health spending 2.8 percent, to $824 billion. The growth rate of household health spending was down from 4.8 percent.
The federal government’s share of health spending held steady at 26 percent. State and local governments’ share fell to 17 percent, from 18 percent.
For more NHE report highlights, read on.
1. Spending on private health insurance premiums increased 2.8 percent, to $962 billion.
Spending on Medicare grew 3.4 percent, to $586 billion, and spending on Medicaid grew 6.1 percent, to $449 billion.