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August 22, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(17):1635. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690170049016

The Bureau of Medical Economic Research has recently published another item in its series on personal consumer expenditures for medical care based on data recently issued by the United States Department of Commerce.1 Total personal consumer expenditures for all goods and services rose from 208 billion dollars in 1951 to 218 billion in 1952. The medical care portion increased from 9.0 billion dollars to 9.6 billion dollars, from 4.3% to 4.4% of the total; an unknown portion of this increase was due to the large number of births. The physician's share of the personal consumer dollar spent for medical care decreased from 28.1 cents to 27.8, while the hospital's share rose from 24.0 cents to 24.8. Thus the data for 1952 indicate a continuation of the long trend downward for the physician's share and upward for the hospital's share. The dentist's share also declined slightly.

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