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Fastest-growing industry sectors in healthcare, 2018

A one-page list of the nation's healthcare spending in 13 industry sectors—alongside the national health expenditure average—analyzed in aggregate and ranked by percentage change in spending from 2015 to 2016. Source: CMS' Office of the Actuary, National Health Statistics Group. Published January 1, 2018, p. 34.

This list includes the following data points:

  • Hospital care
  • Physician and clinical services
  • Dental services
  • Home healthcare
  • Nursing-care facilities/continuing care retirement communities
  • Prescription drugs at retail
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Government administration
  • Health insurance (based on net cost)
  • Public health activity
  • Research
  • Structures and equipment

Spending by source:
  • Out of pocket
  • Private health insurance
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Other health insurance programs
  • Other third-party payers and programs/government public health activities
  • Investment

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