WASHINGTONHeath care spending is projected to more than double in the
coming decade. The projected figure for 2011 is $2.8 trillion, up from $1.3
trillion in 2000, and the expected average annual growth rate is 7.3%,
according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Health care as a percentage of the gross domestic produce is expected to
reach 17% in 2011, compared with 13.2% in 2000. All health care spending is
expected to grow at an annual rate of 9.6% in 2001, up from 6.9% in 2000.
Private health care spending is projected to increase 8.9% in 2001, peak at
9.4% in 2002, and then gradually decline to 5.9% in 2011.