Health spending up 30% since 2007 recession

National health spending in the year ending November 2017 was nearly $3.56 trillion, up 4.5 percent from the same period one year prior, according to an Altarum report.

Though gross domestic product dropped nearly 6 percent mid-2009, it is now 12.1 percent higher than it was at the start of the recession in December 2007. Further, since the start of the recession, health spending through November 2017 increased by 29.9 percent. National health spending continues to stay around 18 percent of the national GDP, nearly 3 percent higher than it was pre-recession.

Here is a breakdown of health spending by category from November 2016 to November 2017.

1. Hospital spending represented 32 percent of all health spending ($1.14 trillion)

2. Physician and clinical services represented 20 percent of all health spending ($714 billion)

3. Prescription drugs represented 10 percent of all health spending ($351 billion)

4. Nursing home care and home healthcare represented 8 percent of all health spending ($271 billion)

5. The remaining 30 percent of healthcare spending was devoted to dental services and other personal healthcare needs.

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