Prescription Drugs, Home Care Drove Health Spending in 2023

With respective increases of 10.8% and 10.7% in 2023, health care spending on prescription drugs and home health care rose the fastest out of seven health care categories analyzed in a recent Altarum report.

Total national health care expenditures grew by 6.2% last year, while gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 6.3% year over year. In December 2023, health care spending accounted for 17.2% of GDP and has remained below 17.5% since January 2022. About 84% of health spending was attributed to personal health care, half of which was spent on hospital care and physician and clinical services.

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Jinghong Chen

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Jinghong produces infographics and data stories on health insurance and specialty pharmacy for AIS Health. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting. Before joining AIS in 2018, she worked at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese.

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