Here is, perhaps, more information than you really wanted on GDP for the US:
This is the latest published release of GDP from October 28,2005, as
provided by the official keeper of the numbers, the Bureau of Economic
Most of the information here focuses on changes in GDP from prior
reports, but Table 3 in the release provides the actual GDP in
Table 3.--Gross Domestic Product and Related Measures: Level and
Change From Preceding Period
You can see from the left-hand-most column of data, that for 2004, the
Gross domestic product for the US as a whole was $11,734.3 billion
($11.7343 trillion), and the contribution from "Medical care" was
$1,401.1 billion, or:
1,401.1 / 11,734.3= 11.94%
In other words, medical care accounts for almost 12% of the US GDP.
Oddly, it's hard to find a simple illustration of the composition of
the GDP by sectors. The closest I came was this one:
which shows the equivalent data for the year 2000 in graph form.
I trust this is what you were looking for.
However, please don't rate this answer until you have everything you
need. If there's anything else I can do for you, just post a Request
for Clarification to let me know, and I'm at your service.
All the best,
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Clarification of Answer by
19 Nov 2005 14:59 PST
It's a good, sensible question, but the answer's hard to pin down,
because there are just too many ways of counting up national
expenditures to know which ones correspond with GDP calculations.
But I can get you close.
This site from the US General Accounting Office:
shows that Medicare/Medicaid expenses in 2003 accounted for about 4-5% of GDP.
That's a pretty sizable chunk.
But it's hard to reconcile that number with the detailed figures shown
on this table:
National Health Expenditure Amounts and Average Annual Percent Change
by Type of Expenditure
which breaks out private and public spending for health care. For
2004, the table indicates total health care spending of $1.793
trillion, which is almost $400 billion larger than the GDP figure for
"Medical care" that I provided earlier.
The same table also puts the government part of these expenses at
about $200 billion ("Government Administration and Net Cost of Private
Health Insurance" + "Government Public Health Activities"). Though,
again, I'm just not sure how to reconcile these figures with the
totals provided for different categories of the GDP.
Look them over, and perhaps they will shed some light on your
question. If you'd still like any additional information on this
topic, just let me know, and I'm at your service.