Policy Memo

Health Care Spending Grew Faster than the Economy in 2015

December 05, 2016

National health expenditures grew by 5.8 percent in 2015, pushing health care spending to 17.8 percent of the economy, up from 17.4 percent in 2014. This marks the second year in a row spending has grown more quickly than the economy, following a stable period from 2009 to 2013. 

Issue Brief

Sharp Rise in Medicare Drug Costs

Amid rising public concern about prescription drug costs, new federal data show that Medicare spending on drugs rose by more than 17 percent from 2013 to 2014 -- even though claims increa