The United States healthcare system is the most expensive in the world, and our healthcare costs are projected to keep rising — faster than inflation, the economy, or wages. Despite those high costs, our health outcomes are generally no better than those of our peers, and in some cases are worse. Moreover, the historical trend is pessimistic: For example, although life expectancy at birth in the U.S. has risen by about 9 years since 1960, this is a smaller improvement than other countries have seen over the same period.
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The Composition of Medicaid Spending
Medicaid and CHIP Cover Nearly One-Third of American Children
Medicare, Medicaid, and Nursing Home Care Costs
The Growth of Entitlement Programs
Peter G. Peterson Foundation Chart Pack:
The PGPF chart pack illustrates that budget-making involves many competing priorities, limited resources, and complex issues. In this set of charts, we aim to frame the financial condition and fiscal outlook of the U.S. government within a broad economic, political, and demographic context.
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