Government Spending on Health Care Benefits and Programs: A Data Brief [June 16, 2008]   [open pdf - 74KB]

From the Summary: "In a country where health spending accounts for more than 16% of gross domestic product (GDP), health care costs and spending are often described as a problem for consumers and their families; for employers that provide (or seek to provide) health benefits; and for government, which finances a mix of health care services, health research and training, and health safety programs. To describe government spending on health care benefits and programs, this report presents data from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Spending estimates vary slightly across these sources, but differences in the data do not change the overall story. [1] Health spending accounts for a large and growing share of federal spending. [2] Medicare and Medicaid account for the bulk of federal health spending, but other programs and tax expenditures for health insurance also account for billions of dollars in spending and forgone revenue. [3] Public spending accounts for a growing share of national health expenditures, and private spending for a shrinking share."

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CRS Report for Congress, RS22898
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