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Visualizing the Shift in US Healthcare Spending

One of the central issues in the campaign season is healthcare. This matters in a global health perspective because it is something that informs and impacts other countries. Drug prices and demands in the United States can drive service deliver and innovation. An interactive guide by the California Healthcare Institute gives a visual representation of how healthcare spending has changed in the United States over the past five decades. What stands out, among other things, is the massive shift in out-of-pocket spending along with the development of Medicaid. Here are snapshots from each decade 1960 to 2010.

Go here to see the changes over all the years and watch the changes as they take place from year to year.


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Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]