EBRI Health Issues FAQ | Chart Data Question 2, Figure A

FAQs About Benefits—Health Spending and Insurance Issues

Is the average American spending a growing amount on health?

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Health Spending as a Percentage of Total Spending, 2009

Percentage of SpendingTotal Spending
Total100.0% $49,067
Housing 34.4 16,895
Transit 15.6 7,658
Food 13.0 6,372
Apparel 3.5 1,725
Pension, insurance 11.2 5,471
Health 6.4 3,126
Entertainment 5.5 2,693
Othera 10.4


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Expenditure Survey, http://www.bls.gov/cex/
aIncludes the following categories, personal care products and services, reading, education, tobacco products and smoking supplies, cash contributions, and miscellaneous.

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