National Spending on Personal Health Care Reached $9,107 Per Person, Up 221% Since 1980 After Adjusting for Inflation

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Total national health expenditures in 2017 totaled $3.5 trillion, or 17.9% of GDP, a 360% increase from 1980 when it was $255 billion and 8.9% of GDP. $2.9 trillion of this is spent on health care for individuals, also known as personal health care (see definition below), and it has grown at a similar rate (up 359% since 1980). Government is the largest payer of personal health care costs, with five major programs paying for 43%, up from 31% in 1980 (Fig. 79). Out of pocket costs, today make up 11% of total costs, down from 27% in 1980.