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Out-of-Pocket Spending on Complementary Health Approaches in the U.S.

Total Health Care Spending, 2012
$2.82 trillion

Total Health Care Spending, 2012—$2.82 trillion; Pie Chart with three parts: 1. Reimbursed*†—$2.46 trillion; 2. Complementary Health Approaches Out-of-Pocket—$30.2 billion; 3. Conventional Out-of-Pocket*—$328.8 billion. The two parts that are not reimbursed are split into the following: Other Conventional Care*‡—$225.1 billion; Self-Care Purchases†—$2.7 billion; Prescription Drugs*—$54.1 billion; Physician Visits*—$49.6 billion; Practitioner Visits—$14.7 billion; Nonvitamin, Nonmineral Natural Products—$12.8 billion. * National Health Expenditure Data for 2012. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Web site. Accessed at: https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-systems/Statistics-Trends-and-reports/NationalHealthExpendData/index.html on March 31, 2016. † Self-care purchases includes, for example, homeopathic medicines and self-help materials such as books or CDs related to complementary health topics. ‡ Other conventional care includes dental care, nursing homes, home health care, nondrug medical products, hospital care, and other professional services.

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Out-of-Pocket Spending on Physician Visits vs. Complementary Practitioner Visits

Physician Visits* $49.6 billion; Complementary Practitioner Visits $14.7 billion;

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Out-of-Pocket Spending on Prescription Drugs vs. Natural Products

Prescription Drugs* $54.1 billion; Natural Products $12.8 billion;

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Out-of-Pocket Spending on Complementary Health Approaches: Adults vs. Children

A pie graph titled ‘Adults $28.3 billion’ has three pieces: 1. Self-care approaches—$2.2 billion (7.7%) 2. Practitioner visits—$14.1 billion (49.9%) 3. Natural product supplements—$12.0 billion ($42.4%) A pie graph titled ‘Children $1.9 billion’ has three pieces: 1. Natural product supplements—$0.8 billion (43.1%) 2. Self-care approaches—$0.5 billion (25.0%) 3. Practitioner visits—$0.6 billion (31.9%)

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Income and Out-of-Pocket Spending on Complementary Health Approaches

What is the Average Spending on Complementary Health Approaches? A Family Income $0–$24,999 is $435; A Family Income $25,000–$49,999 is $448; A Family Income $50,000–$99,999 is $505; A Family Income At or above $100,000 is $590.

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* National Health Expenditure Data for 2012. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Web site. Accessed
at: www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-systems/Statistics-Trends-and-reports/NationalHealthExpendData/ on March 31, 2016.

† Self-care purchases includes, for example, homeopathic medicines and self-help materials such as books or CDs related to complementary health topics.

‡ Other conventional care includes dental care, nursing homes, home health care, nondrug medical products, hospital care, and other professional services.

 

8 Citation: Nahin RL, Barnes PM, Stussman BJ. Expenditures on complementary health approaches: United States, 2012. (433KB PDF) National Health Statistics Reports. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2016.

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Americans Spent $30.2 Billion Out-of-Pocket on Complementary Health Approaches
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