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Table 2

Out-of-Pocket Spending: What It Currently Buys

29% Nondurable medical goods such as bandages and prescription and nonprescription drugs. (Just less than half - 42% - is prescription drugs.)
17% Physician services.
14% Nursing homes.
13% Other professional services (optometrists, chiropractors, podiatrists, and other licensed medical personnel, and specialty outpatient facilities for mental health and substance abuse.)
13% dental services.
5% Hospital services
4% Durable medical goods such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, and medical equipment
3% Home health
100% Total

Source: Health Care Financing Administration web page (www.hcfa.gov/stats), March 23, 1998.


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