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FAQs About Benefits—Health Spending and Insurance Issues

Has the amount Americans spend directly on health been growing?

It has grown from 4.8 percent of total personal expenditures in 1984 to 5.8 percent in 1993. Following 1993, health spending as a percentage of total expenditures declined reaching 5.2 percent by 1996. Since 1996, it has increased again, reaching 5.9 percent in 2004. From 2005-2007, health spending has remained at 5.7 percent of total expenditures. Since 2007, health spending as a percentage of all expenditures has been rising reaching 6.4 percent in 2009.

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