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FAQs About Benefits—Health Spending and Insurance Issues

Is the average American spending a growing amount on health?

Despite evidence that health care expenses are 16.0 percent of the nation's gross domestic product, they account for a substantially smaller share of most individual budgets. Out of each dollar spent by American consumers in 2006, a bit more than a nickel (5.7 percent) paid for medical or health purchases, below the amount they spent eating out in restaurants. Not surprisingly the percentage of income spent rises with age.

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