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Source: Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll, released July 23, 2009. The results: 45% believed "that under a new health reform bill, government agencies would play too big a role in deciding what medical procedures people can or can't get; 36% believed "that currently, insurance companies play too big a role in deciding what medical procedures people can or can't get; 12% said "both equally." Enlarge image »
Source: Urban Institute and Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) estimates based on 2006 MSIS data. Medicaid pays for more than half of all nursing home patients. According to KCMU, "Medicaid spending per enrollee varies sharply by eligibility group. Higher per capita expenditures for disabled and elderly beneficiaries reflect their intensive use of both acute and long-term care services." Enlarge image »
Annual health care expenditures in the United States have gone from $27.5 billion in 1960 to $2.24 trillion in 2007 and are projected to reach $4.35 trillion by 2018. Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Health Expenditures Accounts (NHEA). Enlarge image
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