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1: Introduction

The State of Health Care Costs

The current state of health care and related costs fluctuates, seemingly weekly. On average, an American (non-elderly) household spends about 11 percent of its income on health care care including out-of-pocket costs, premium contributions, and state and federal taxes that fund health programs. Where does your health care spending fall?

Compare Your Annual Household Health Care Spending

Are you within the 11 percent statistic for your annual household health care spending? Use the Household Health Spending Calculator from the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker to compare your spending levels.

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