December 10, 2002
In 2001, consumer spending on health care increased 5.6 percent. This followed an increase of 5.5 percent in 2000.
In contrast, in the 1996-1999 period, rises in health care spending by consumers were in the range of 2.0 to 4.0 percent. In two of those years, health care expenditures rose less than overall expenditures.
The Consumer Expenditure Survey is the source of these data. Consumer Expenditure Survey data also include the expenditures and income of consumers, as well as the demographic characteristics of those consumers. For more information, see news release USDL 02-667, Consumer Expenditures in 2001.