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Cost of US health exceeds the cost of food

How Much Does Healthcare Cost? Dec 2017

    • "The average worker must work more than twice as long to cover healthcare as to cover food costs."
    • Need to work 3 months of the year just to pay for health care


As a percentage of GDP or disposable income



Looking at the previous two charts, we see

YearFood as % of
Disposable income
Health care as
% of GDP
Cost of
Health care vs. food
1970 14 % 6 %Health care = 0.4X of food
200910 %16 %Health care = 1.6X of food

The cross-over point was about 1990, when both were 12 %
Note: Disposable personal income = about 73% of GDP (average) for that time period Census Bureau

And, the cost of poor health is far more the than just cost of health care

  • Hidden Costs of Poor Health April 2009
    On average, every $1 of medical and pharmacy costs is matched to $2.3 of health-related productivity costs.
  • The True Cost of Poor Health Mayo Clinic PDF 2008
    discusses presenteeism — the cost of employees who are on the job but not fully functioning because of real illnesses and medical conditions, including asthma, seasonal allergies, arthritis, migraines, depression, back pain, gastrointestinal disorders and diabetes
    Presenteeism Wikipedia


  • Workplace Health Promotion CDC
    Indirect costs of poor health including absenteeism, disability, or reduced work output may be several times higher than direct medical costs

See also VitaminDWiki

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