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FAQs About Benefits—Health Spending and Insurance Issues

Is the average American spending a growing amount on health?

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Health Spending as a Percentage of Total Spending, 2006

Percentage of SpendingTotal Spending
Total100.0% $48,398
Housing 33.8 16,366
Transit 17.6 8,508
Food 12.6 6,111
Apparel 3.9 1,874
Pension, insurance 10.9 5,270
Health 5.7 2,766
Entertainment 4.9 2,376
Othera 10.6


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Expenditure Survey,
aIncludes the following categories, personal care products and services, reading, education, tobacco products and smoking supplies, cash contributions, and miscellaneous.

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