Total Medicare spending from 1970 to 2013 (in billion U.S. dollars)*

 Total spending in billion U.S. dollars
1970 7.1
1975 14.8
1980 35
1985 71.4
1990 109.7
1995 180.1
2000 219.3
2005 336.9
2006 380.5
2007 434.8
2008 455.1
2009 498.3
2010 521.2
2011 560.3
2012 550
2013 581.7
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This statistic depicts total Medicare spending from 1970 to 2013. In 1970, some 7.1 billion U.S. dollars were spent on the Medicare program in the United States. Forty years later, this figure stood at some 521 billion U.S. dollars.

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