The Nation's Health Care Bill: Who Bears the Burden?

Cromwell, J., Healy, D., Seeley, E., Trebino, D., Cromwell, G.

Health care spending has increased dramatically in the past 50 years and now accounts for nearly one out of every five dollars spent in the United States. This chartbook informs citizens and policy makers about the rapidly growing financial burden of health care spending borne by households, private businesses, and state and local governments. It includes 39 charts with accompanying tables and text and reveals the hidden costs of a rising share of resources in the US devoted to health services. The Nation’s Health Care Bill: Who Bears the Burden? establishes a baseline to monitor changes in the health care financial burden that result from passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) by Congress in 2010.

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