Health Care Primer

The United States health care system is larger than the gross domestic product of all but five other nations.

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.