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FAQs About Benefits—Health Spending and Insurance Issues

Has responsibility for paying medical bills shifted over time?

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Government Share of Health Payments is Growing, 1960-2017

ConsumerPrivate Health InsuranceGovernment
196048.7%21.9%24.5%
197034.022.437.8
198023.727.742.6
199019.733.540.6
200014.233.544.3
2005 12.5 34.7 45.4
2010 11.5 34.3 46.6
2017 10.9 33.1 48.6
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Health Accounts, http://www.cms.hhs.gov/NationalHealthExpendData/


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