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September 25, 2022



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  • National health spending is projected to grow at an average annual rate of 5.4 percent for 2019-28 and to reach $6.2 trillion by 2028.
  • Because national health expenditures are projected to grow 1.1 percentage points faster than gross domestic product per year on average over 2019–28, the health share of the economy is projected to rise from 17.7 percent in 2018 to 19.7 percent in 2028.
  • Price growth for medical goods and services (as measured by the personal health care deflator) is projected to accelerate, averaging 2.4 percent per year for 2019–28, partly reflecting faster-expected growth in health sector wages.
  • The insured share of the population is expected to fall from 90.6 percent in 2018 to 89.4 percent by 2028.
  • Prescription drug spending increased 3.0% to $348.4 billion in 2020, slower than the 4.3% growth in 2019.
  • NHE grew 9.7% to $4.1 trillion in 2020, or $12,530 per person, and accounted for 19.7% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
  • Percentage of GDP spent on healthcare by country 2022
  • National health spending in 2020 increased 9.7% from 2019 to $4.1 trillion. The increase was largely driven by increases in federal spending during the COVID-19 pandemic. Excluding federal public health and other federal program spending, national expenditures increased just 1.9% in 2020 after an increase of 4.3 percent in 2019. A 2.2% reduction in GDP raised health care’s share of the economy to 19.7%, up from 17.6% in 2019. Health care spending averaged $12,530 per person, up from $11,462 in 2019.

Key findings about US health spending in 2020 include:

  • US health spending increased by 9.7% in 2020, the largest annual increase since 2002 and double the 4.3% growth rate in 2019.
  • Both out-of-pocket and private insurance spending declined in 2020, 3.7% and 1.2%, respectively.
  • Public health spending (federal and state) in 2020 more than doubled (113%). Most of the increase occurred in federal spending.
  • Health spending by the federal government increased by 36%.
  • The federal government’s share of total health spending increased from 29% in 2019 to 36% in 2020.

How much is spent on health care in the United States annually?

Health spending in the U.S. increased by 9.7% in 2020 to $4.1 trillion or $12,530 per capita. This growth rate is substantially higher than in 2019 (4.3 percent). This substantial acceleration in spending can be attributed to increases in government spending to manage the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

Percentage of GDP spent on healthcare by country 2022

What percentage of GDP is spent on healthcare in India

A significant budgetary increase for the healthcare sector in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic pushed India’s health expenditure to 2.1 percent of GDP for the first time, bringing it close to the government’s policy aspiration.

In the pandemic year, the central and state governments’ budgeted expenditure on the health sector reached 2.1 percent of GDP in 2021-22, against 1.3 percent in the previous fiscal, according to the Economic Survey 2021-22.

This is within a touching distance of the government’s target of reaching a health expenditure of 2.5 percent of GDP by 2025 as envisaged in the National Health Policy, 2017.

Which country spends the most on healthcare as a percentage of its GDP

Health expenditure as a percentage of GDP in select countries 2020. Among OECD member countries, the United States had the highest percentage of gross domestic product spent on health care in 2020. The U.S. spent nearly 19 percent of its GDP on health care services.

Healthcare spending per capita

U.S. health care spending grew 9.7 percent in 2020, reaching $4.1 trillion or $12,530 per person. As a share of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, health spending accounted for 19.7 percent.

U.S. Healthcare spending by category

Medicare spending grew 3.5% to $829.5 billion in 2020 or 20 percent of total NHE. Medicaid spending grew 9.2% to $671.2 billion in 2020 or 16 percent of total NHE. Private health insurance spending declined 1.2% to $1,151.4 billion in 2020 or 28 percent of total NHE.

Today, historic commitments are being made across the health care industry, including:

  • Two of the five largest US private hospitals and health systems (Ascension and CommonSpirit Health) and the largest US public health system have pledged to halve their carbon emissions by 2030.
  • Leading health sector suppliers like Pfizer and AstraZeneca have stepped up to achieve net-zero emissions ahead of the 2050 pledge timeline.
  • Major medical associations, including America’s Essential Hospitals, the American Association of Medical Colleges, and the National Academy of Medicine, have committed to taking climate action.



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Published September 25, 2022

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