Friday, June 18, 2010

Fifty Years: GDP and Healthcare


A picture worth a thousand words. A post on LaMarotte (here) today led me to play with graphical depictions. Here is one such image. It shows, in scale, Gross Domestic Product for 1960 and for 2009, with health care expenditures shown in red at the center of each. In 1960 health care amounted to 5.3 percent of the much smaller economy, in 2009 for 17.6 percent of the much greater. The population has grown 1.7-fold, the economy 27-fold, the health care expenditures 89-fold. And the target has gotten a lot more visible, hasn’t it?

1 comment:

  1. Very nice.
    While the growth in health care expenditures as a percent of GDP is quite something, the growth in GDP is too!

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