Mandatory spending on health care will grow significantly over the next decade, increasing to $13.375 trillion, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office.
In 2011, federal outlays of $856 billion for Medicare, Medicaid, and other health care programs made up more than 42 per cent of mandatory spending. By 2022 expenditures for these programs will increase to $1.8 trillion, making up more than 51 per cent of direct spending and claiming an even bigger percentage of GDP.
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