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August 9, 1952


JAMA. 1952;149(15):1402. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930320042012

The Bureau of Medical Economic Research has recently published another item in its series on personal consumer expenditures for medical care.1 The basic data are from the July, 1952, issue of the Survey of Current Business, United States Department of Commerce. New data are given for 1951 and some slight revisions of the previously published data for 1949 and 1950.

Briefly stated, the percentages of total personal consumer expenditures spent for medical care and for each of the major items of medical care were about the same in 1951 as they were in 1950. The percentage spent for medical care was 4.3% in 1951 and 4.3%, according to the revised data, for 1949 and 1950. The percentages spent for the services of physicians and of hospitals continue to be 1.2 and 1.0 respectively. The percentage of the medical care dollar spent on physicians' services in 1951 was 28.1, as