U.S. health investment 1960-2016 by section

U.S. health investment in selected years between 1960 and 2016, by section (in billion U.S. dollars)

by Matej Mikulic, last edited Sep 27, 2018
U.S. health investment 1960-2016 by section This statistic shows the U.S. health investment by section in select years between 1960 and 2016. In 2000, health investment in research came to 25.5 billion U.S. dollars, while investment in structures and equipment stood at some 58 billion U.S. dollars.
U.S. health investment

Health investments have always been dominated by structures and equipment rather than by investments on research. In 2016, research investments totaled 47.7 billion U.S. dollars and structures and equipment health investments reached 109.7 billion U.S. dollars in the United States. In comparison, the national health expenditure reached 3.34 trillion U.S. dollars in 2016, accounting for around 18 percent of the country’s GDP. According to some projections, it is expected that health expenditure will reach 37 percent of the country’s GDP by 2050.

In the private sector, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals received one of the largest venture financing deals in the global pharmaceutical industry, totaling 150 million U.S. dollars. Lexicon is a Texas-based biopharmaceutical company, engaged in discovering and developing breakthrough treatments for several diseases. In the United States’ biosciences industry, the bio-tech human sector received almost 23 billion U.S. dollars in venture capital investments between 2014 and 2017. Currently, the U.S. is one of the largest contributors to biomedical research in the world, however, recently, their support had begun to decline slightly while other countries have begun to increase their research expenditures.
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U.S. health investment in selected years between 1960 and 2016, by section (in billion U.S. dollars)

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