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Counting the Cost of Texas Health Care

April 21, 2017

Healthcare expenditure accounts for nearly half of the state budget, and has exceeded state inflation as well as population growth in the last few years. Fiscal spending in 2015 for the state was $42.9 Billion, 43.1% of total state appropriations, between 2011-2015 the state increased its government spending on healthcare by 19.7%. Increased medical breakthroughs and advances in medical technology, pharmaceutical drugs particularly those that treat chronic illnesses are among some of the contributing factors which are giving cause to the increase in healthcare spending. In addition, an aging population, including the increased need in medical care that comes with age, and uncompensated care make up the other factors which are driving up healthcare spending in Texas.

Counting the Cost of Texas Health Care