However, this article indicates that by the year 2016, health care spending in the USA will be $4.1 TRILLION every year. This is the number JUST for health care that the candidates will have to address if they want to entertain a Universal Health Care system. The cost for health care in 2016 will be two times the current entire government revenues for a year.
If you consider this is in a capitalistic environment with price pressures, then you should assume that government controlled health care system would be both less efficient and more expensive than these alarming figures. It will be interesting to see how the Presidential candidates go over exactly how they plan to pay for such an albatross of a government system.
Enjoy the article.
Health Care Spending to Double By 2016
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Source: HomeCare Magazine
U.S. health care spending will nearly double by 2016, reaching $4.1 trillion from $2.1 trillion in 2006 — and the fastest-growing sector is home health care.
According to a report from CMS' National Health Statistics Group, health spending will remain relatively steady from 2007 forward with average annual growth at 6.9 percent, and by 2016, will account for 20 cents of every dollar spent. That works out to $12,782 per capita, up from the $7,498 projected for 2007.
The report, published online in the journal Health Affairs, said that home health spending is expected to increase 1.4 percent over 2005 to 12.5 percent in 2006, making it the fastest-growing service in health care. The increase is being driven by Medicaid spending in the sector, which is projected to increase from 14 percent in 2005 to 19.8 percent in 2006.
Total growth of home health spending is expected to average 7.6 percent annually from 2007 through 2016, with the strongest growth coming from Medicaid.
DME spending for 2006 is expected to be $25.2 billion, up from $24 billion in 2005. Spending on DME will hit $26.3 billion in 2007 and $37.6 billion by 2016, according to the report.
Other projections in the CMS report include the following:
- Growth in spending for nursing home care is projected to decelerate from 6 percent in 2005 to 3.4 percent in 2006. But from 2007 through 2010, nursing home spending will remain steady at 5 percent a year before a gradual acceleration through 2016 due to the aging population.
- Hospital care costs are expected to be $651.8 billion for 2006 and will hit $1.3 trillion by 2016.
- Medicare spending for 2006 is expected to be $417.6 billion compared to $342 billion in 2005. Spending for the government program is projected to reach $862.7 billion by 2016.
- Combined state and federal Medicaid spending is anticipated to be $313.5 billion in 2006, nearly the same as in 2005. The program's spending growth is expected to be 7.3 percent in 2007, then average 8.2 percent per year from 2008 through 2016.
- The nation's prescription drug spending will more than double by 2016, reaching $497.5 billion from $213.7 billion in 2006.