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How much is health spending expected to grow?

Although health spending in the United States grew at historically-low levels between 2008 and 2013, projections published on Health Affairs by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) suggest the rate will increase, averaging 4.9 percent per year on a per capita basis from 2014 to 2024. This slideshow provides details of those projections, along with historic trends, for overall health spending, spending on prescription drugs, and per capita out-of-pocket spending. The collection also compares projections from 2011 with those from 2015, demonstrates the long-term significance of small changes in the spending rate, and illustrates the challenges of predicting long-term trends.

The slideshow is part of the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker, an online information hub dedicated to monitoring and assessing the performance of the U.S. health system. More information about the analysis related to the slideshow is available through the tracker.

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