Just the Facts: Where Healthcare Dollars Are Spent

August 15, 2018

In 2015 the U.S. spent $1.6 trillion on health care.

2015 Health Care Spending Pie Chart

Note: the ‘prescription medicines’ category includes drugs purchased by the patient at a pharmacy (or via mail order). Many other spending categories in this graph include some costs for drugs that are administered in hospitals or in doctor’s offices.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Total expenditures in millions by event type, United States, 2015. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component Data. Generated interactively. (July 10, 2018)

 

In 2015, the U.S. spent $80.2 billion on cancer-related health care – nearly $4 billion of which was spent by patients out-of-pocket.

Pie Chart: $80.2 Billion Cancer-Related Health Care Spending

Note: the ‘prescription medicines’ category includes drugs purchased by the patient at a pharmacy (or via mail order). The other spending categories in this graph include some costs for drugs that are administered in hospitals or in doctor’s offices – like intravenous chemotherapy treatment.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Total expenditures in millions by condition and event type, United States, 2015. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component Data. Generated interactively. (July 10, 2018). The costs in this graph only include direct medical expenses, and do not include indirect costs such as transportation, lost wages, etc.

 

Keeping health care affordable for cancer patients and other Americans requires a comprehensive examination of all cost drivers. Cancer patients, survivors, their loved ones and family members all need greater efficiencies and great affordability in each sector of the health care system.