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Employer health care costs as a share of wages, 1948–2010

Health cost share
1948 0.5%
1973 2.9
1979 4.5
1989 6.4
1995 7.3
2000 7.2
2010 8.9
Annual percentage-point change
1948–1973 0.10
1973–1979 0.26
1979–2010 0.14
1979–1989 0.19
1989–2000 0.07
2000–2010 0.17

Source: Authors' analysis of Bureau of Economic Analysis National Income and Product Accounts

Updated May 17, 2012

Documentation and methodology

Table is based on analysis of National Income and Product Accounts data. Wage data are from NIPA Table 6.3, and group health insurance data are from NIPA Tables 6.11A-C, and 6.11D.

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