Americans spend trillions of dollars each year on medical services. The figure begins to sound reasonable when the total cost of heart disease alone is considered: 444 billion dollars. Cancer costs Americans 226 billion dollars each year. The total number of doctor visits each year is approximately 1 billion. That's more than three for each American.
The rise in the cost of healthcare, however, is truly frightening. From 1990 to 2000, the average annual spending on healthcare, per person, increased from $2,850 to $4,878. By 2011, the same figure was up to a whopping $8,311. To put these increases in perspective, if a tube of toothpaste had increased in price at the same rate as annual spending on healthcare, it would cost $13.80. Here's an even scarier comparison: If the price of gas increased at the same rate as annual spending on healthcare, a gallon of gas would cost $13.50.
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