The current level of national healthcare expenditures The National health expenditures is defined as any funds spent on and for healthcare services. Healthcare funding consists of individual, public, and private sectors as well as funding for research and the construction of healthcare facilities (Delaware Health, n.d). Currently the national healthcare expenditure is at an all time high. In 2011 the national health expenditure was estimated to be around $2.8 trillion dollars (Heffler, Smith, Won, Clemens, Keehan and Zezza).
According to a report released by CMS the national health expenditure is expected to increase on average of 6.1% from the year 2009 to 2019 (CMS, 2011). During this same projection period spending on Medicare is expected to raise an average of 6.9%, and Medicaid 7.9% per year. In 2009 spending on hospital related services in the United States were estimated at $761 billion dollars and will average an increase of 6.1% over the next decade (CMS, 2011). Spending on physician cost and clinical services will grow by 5.4% while prescription drug cost will grow 6.3% during the projected period (CMS, 2011).
Is spending too much or not enough?
Healthcare spending in the United States is at a record high and continuing to grow. National healthcare spending in the U.S. is rising faster than inflation and national income rates. National healthcare spending climbed higher than $2.3 trillion dollars
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