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Has the amount Americans spend directly on health been growing?

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Total Expenditures, Expenditures on Health and Health Insurance, 1984-2006

Total ExpendituresTotal Health Care ExpendituresHealth Insurance ExpendituresHealth as Percentage of TotalHealth, Net of Premiums, as Percentage of Total
1984$21,975$1,049$3704.8%3.1%
198523,4901,1083754.73.1
198623,8661,1353714.83.2
198724,4141,1353924.63.0
198825,8921,2984745.03.2
198927,8101,4075375.13.1
199028,3811,4805815.23.2
199129,6141,5546565.23.0
199229,8461,6347255.53.0
199330,6921,7768005.83.2
199431,7311,7558155.53.0
199532,2641,7328605.42.7
199633,7971,7708275.22.8
199734,8191,8418815.32.8
199835,5351,9039135.42.8
199936,9951,9599235.32.8
200038,0452,0669835.42.8
200139,5182,1821,0615.52.8
200240,6772,3501,1685.82.9
200340,8172,4161,2525.92.9
200443,3952,5741,3325.92.9
2005 46,409 2,664 1,361 5.7

2.8

2006 48,398 2,766 1,465 5.7 2.7
Source: EBRI tabulations of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Expenditure Survey, http://www.bls.gov/cex/


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