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FAQs About Benefits—Health Spending and Insurance Issues

Has the way health dollars are spent changed?

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Aggregate Spending on Health Care by Type of Expenditure, 1960 and 2006

  1960   2006
  Hospital 34.6% 33.0%
  Physician and Clinical Services 21.7% 22.8%
  Prescription Drugs 10.0% 11.0%
  Nursing Home Care3.0% 6.3%
  Government Administration and Net
Costs of Private Health Insurance
4.5% 7.4%
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Health Accounts,

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