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The National Health Expenditure Accounts (NHEA) are the official estimates of total health care spending in the United States. Dating back to 1960, the NHEA measures annual U.S. expenditures for health care goods and services, public health activities, government administration, the net cost of health insurance, and investment related to health care. The data are presented by type of service, by source of funding, and by type of sponsor.

U.S. health care spending grew 3.7 percent in 2012, reaching $2.8 trillion or $8,915 per person. As a share of the nation's Gross Domestic Product, health spending accounted for 17.2 percent.

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