Total spending on health care in the US UU It exceeded $ 3.3 billion last year, according to a new report published by the Trump administration.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) report shows that health care spending slowed in 2016. Spending grew 4.3 percent last year, compared to 5.1 percent percent and 5.8 percent growth in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
"Basically, we saw two important things happening in 2014 and 2015. We had the enrollment expansion that impacted Medicaid and private health insurance with 10.2 million and 8.7 million people getting coverage," said one CMS official to reporters on Wednesday.
"In addition, in 2014 and 2015 we saw a strong and rapid growth in spending on retail prescription drugs," the official added.
The CMS official attributed the deceleration in 2016 to people who use medical goods and services when they were initially added to Medicaid and private insurance.
"When those initial impacts begin to disappear, it is when we will see that deceleration that we saw in 2016," said the official.
The report found that spending on health care accounted for approximately 17.9 percent of the US economy. UU in 2016.
Private spending on health insurance grew 5.1 percent to $ 1.1 billion last year, while Medicare spending grew 3.6 percent to $ 672.1 billion. Medicaid spending slowed in 2016, increasing by 3.9 percent to $ 565.5 billion.