Total spending on health care in the U.S. increased 5.8 percent in 2015, reaching $3.2 trillion, or $9,990 per person, according to a press release from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The corresponding growth in spending for 2014 was 5.3 percent.
The increased spending growth in both years was largely the result of provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that expanded private insurance coverage and Medicaid eligibility; during 2014 and 2015, 9.7 million Americans gained private health insurance and approximately 10.3 million others enrolled in Medicaid.
The increased spending growth in 2015 was attributed mainly to greater use and intensity of services, along with continued significant growth in retail prescription drug spending. Total expenditures for physician and clinical services increased 6.3 percent, up from growth of 4.8 percent in 2014.
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