2018 National health expenditures

Health Affairs released a new report detailing overall health spending for 2018. Here are the numbers:

  • National health expenditures = National health expenditures rose 4.6% to 3.6 trillion in 2018. Health expenditures accounted for 17.7% of GDP, slightly down from 17.9% in 2017. 
  • Private health insurance = Private health insurance expenditures rose 5.8% to $1.2 trillion. 
  • Medicare = Total Medicare spending grew to $750 billion, rising 6.4% over 2017 spending. 
  • Medicaid = Medicaid spent $597 billion, an increase of 3% from 2017. 
  • Per capita expenditures = Per capita, health expenditures grew 5.4% to $11,172.
  • Federal government spending = health care spending grew 5.6% in 2018, compared to a rate of 2.8% in 2017. 

 

 

 

 

Jordan Roberts / Health Policy Analyst

Jordan joined the Locke Foundation in the summer of 2018 as Health Care Policy Analyst. He analyzes state and national health policy issues with an eye toward removing governm...

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