"There are two Affordable Care Acts. There's the legislation passed by Congress in 2009, and then there's the mythical Affordable Care Act – the perfidious 'government takeover' decried and demagogued by so many conservatives (and quite a few liberals). The former is quite popular, the latter gets decidedly mixed reviews."
Share of Total Per Capita Expenditure Out of Pocket by Major Service Category: 2011
"Between 2010 and 2011, beneficiaries saw their out-of-pocket spending rise by 4.6 percent from $703 to $735 (Table 3). Per capita, beneficiaries paid $46 out of pocket for inpatient care, $183 for outpatient care, $319 for professional services, and $187 for prescriptions. Out-of-pocket spending rose fastest for outpatient facility claims (9.9%), and declined 2.8 percent for prescriptions. Beneficiaries paid 16.2 percent of all health care out-of-pocket spending in 2011 for a total of $114.6 billion dollars. Most out-of-pocket spending was for professional procedures and prescriptions. Overall, professional services made up 34.4 percent of total per capita spending, but 43.4 percent of out-of-pocket payments (Figure 1 and Figure 5). Likewise, prescriptions were only 17.0 percent of total per capita spending, but 25.4 percent of out-of-pocket payments. About 31.2 percent of out-of-pocket spending was on facility services."
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