• Even more charts on total health care spending

    After I posted the chart yesterday with health care spending as a percentage of GDP over the last few decades, a number of people asked how much changes seen were due to GDP and not health care costs.  So let’s take GDP out of it.  Here is US health care spending per capita over the same time period (OECD data):

    And here’s one more just for Austin.  It’s both spending per capita and spending as a percentage of GDP on the same chart.  There are two axes here:

    Seems to me like spending grows and grows, regardless of changes to GDP.

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    • Dr Carroll, is the per capita chart adjusted for inflation or just in raw spending figures?

    • Your point is clear and important, but I’m still impressed by the effect of presidential elections. Picture a LOESS plot or regression discontinuity in those dots – 1993 and 2001 actually do stick out.

      Considering health care was considered Clinton’s huge failure, that the ’90s were a period of remarkable/expensive healthcare innovation (unquestionably greater than the ’00s) and that he spent most of his term with a Republican Congress, I think a notable bend in the curve is kinda remarkable.

    • The % of GDP is the telltale indicator. It’s getting out of control. Now, a graph on how much employees spend as part of gross income would be even more telling. I will bet it will trend higher than the % of GDP.
      What are the root causes? I don’t see a slowdown in hospitals adding wings to their facilities!

    • Grae,

      The axis title is small (sorry), but it’s spending per capita, US$ at 2000 PPP rates. So it’s adjusted.

    • Has this graph been adjusted for the changes in demographics in our country. It seems to me that we should expect expenditures per capita to rise as the proportion of the elderly rises.