The Distribution Of Public Spending For Health Care In The United States, 2002

Source: Thomas Selden and Merrile Sing, Health Affairs Web Exclusive, July 29, 2008
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From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality summary:
In the July/August online version of Health Affairs, AHRQ analysts provide the first study since the 1970s that comprehensively analyzes the distribution of health care outlays and health care tax subsidies provided by federal, state, and local governments. The study, which uses the most recent data available, breaks down public health spending by age, race, sex, health status, coverage status, and income. AHRQ’s Thomas Selden and Merrile Sing found that public outlays and tax expenditures constituted 56 percent of all health care spending in 2002. Overall, public spending on the civilian noninstitutionalized population averaged $2,612 per person; of that amount, $1,867 per person came from outlays through Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs, while $745 per person came from health-related tax subsidies, predominantly the exclusion of the value of employer-sponsored health insurance from federal and state taxes.

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