March 25, 2010 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Consumer out-of-pocket health care expenditures in 2008

Aggregate out-of-pocket health care expenditures, 2008
Category Expenditure

Health care total (1)


Hospital care


In-patient care


Outpatient / emergency room care


Physicians' services


Dental services


Other professional services


Prescription drugs


Medical supplies


(1) Excludes health insurance premiums, nursing home care, nonpresecription drugs, nonprescription vitamins, and topicals and dressings.

These data featured in the TED article, Consumer out-of-pocket health care expenditures in 2008.





Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics

  • A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
    As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.

  • Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
    Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.

  • Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
    Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.