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FAQs About Benefits—Health Spending and Insurance Issues

Has the amount Americans spend directly on health been growing?

It has grown from 4.8 percent of total personal expenditures in 1984 to 5.8 percent in 1993. Following 1993, health spending as a percentage of total expenditures declined reaching 5.2 percent by 1996. Since 1996, it has increased again, reaching 5.9 percent in 2004. In 2006, health spending declined by 0.2 percent.


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