In 2008, 38 percent of the federal government’s revenue was spent on health care. In 2009, however, this figure jumped to 54 percent of total revenues. Although federal health spending only increased by 17.9%, a decline in revenues of a similar magnitude caused this large change. Surprisingly, state and local spending on healthcare barely budged. In 2008, state an local spending was 26 percent of total revenues, and this figure only inched up to 27 percent in 2009. In 2009, households still contributed 6% of their income (just like in 2008) and business’s health care expense remained constant at 8 percent of cost in 2009.
Other highlights from the California Health Care Foundation’s 2011 edition of Healthcare 101 include: