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Healthcare 101 (2011 edition)

Executive Summary

Date: June 10th, 2011

The cost of personal healthcare continues to rise in New Hampshire. In the Granite State, personal health care—which includes visits to doctors, hospitalizations, medicine, and so on—consumes 18 percent of our economy, or 18 cents of every dollar. Twenty years ago, spending on personal healthcare was less than 10 percent of New Hampshire's economy. Twenty years from now, healthcare spending is projected to reach nearly 20 percent of economic activity.

The Center has developed this snapshot to provide general background on U.S. healthcare spending, with detail for New Hampshire where available. It shows how much we spend, what services the funds are spent on, and how much of the spending comes directly from consumers.

This paper is one of a series published by the Center on healthcare finance. The Concord-based Endowment for Health has sponsored this work. This paper, like all of the Center’s published work, is in the public domain and may be reproduced without permission. Indeed, the Center welcomes individuals’ and groups’ efforts to expand the paper’s circulation.

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