March 25, 2010 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Consumer out-of-pocket health care expenditures in 2008

Aggregate out-of-pocket health care expenditures, 2008
Category Expenditure

Health care total (1)

$138,527,000,000

Hospital care

21,120,000,000

In-patient care

12,209,000,000

Outpatient / emergency room care

8,912,000,000

Physicians' services

21,993,000,000

Dental services

30,741,000,000

Other professional services

11,170,000,000

Prescription drugs

42,962,000,000

Medical supplies

10,541,000,000

Footnotes:
(1) Excludes health insurance premiums, nursing home care, nonpresecription drugs, nonprescription vitamins, and topicals and dressings.

These data featured in the TED article, Consumer out-of-pocket health care expenditures in 2008.

 

 

 

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