Healthcare costs: some pesky facts


-The US spends the most of any country in the world on healthcare in terms of percent of GDP, sitting around 18% as of the most recent data.

-After accounting for inflation, healthcare expenditures increased by $933.5 billion between 1996 and 2013.

– 50% of the increase was simply due to higher prices.

-Different chronic diseases had different patterns of price increases. The biggest increase was seen in diabetes care driven largely by rising costs of pharmaceuticals.

-The unhealthiest states were all heavy Republican states  with Mississippi at the bottom of the rankings, followed by Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, and West Virginia. Mississippi and Louisiana struggle, particularly with high rates of smoking, obesity, and poverty among kids.

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