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Report Shows Personal Expenditures to Hospitals Fell Over Past 40 Years

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its 40th annual report on long-term health trends in the U.S. The report provides trends and current information on selected measures of morbidity, mortality, health care utilization and access, health risk factors, prevention, health insurance and personal health care expenditures. According to the report, between 1975 and 2015, the share of personal health care expenditures decreased for hospital care, from 45.3 percent to 38.1 percent. Shares also decreased for nursing care facilities and retirement communities and dental services, while home health care, prescription drugs, and other types of care saw increased spending. The share of personal health care expenditures for physician and clinical services remained roughly the same, at about one-quarter of all expenditures.