Health Spending Expected To Exceed Economic Growth

From Kaiser Health News

The nation’s total health spending will bump up next year as the health law expands insurance coverage to more Americans, and then will grow by an average of 6.2 percent a year over the next decade, according to projections released Wednesday by government actuaries.

That estimate is lower than typical annual increases before the recession hit. Still, the actuaries forecast that in a decade, the health care segment of the nation’s economy will be larger than it is today, amounting to a fifth of the gross domestic product in 2022.

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  1. John Barker on September 21, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Isn’t there something appalling here—health care in the same category as commodities and manufactured goods in the gross domestic product?