A look at government health care spending

The government accounts for 47 percent of health care spending in the United States although only 30 percent of Americans are covered by government programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare. To compare, the private sector covers about 67 percent of Americans but accounts for about 41 percent of total spending. The variance is due to the fact that government programs tend to cover higher risk and higher cost patients than private insurance.


05-25-2011 06:17 (EDT)