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Out-of-Pocket Spending on Complementary Health Approaches in the U.S.

Out-of-Pocket Spending on Complementary Health Approaches in the U.S.

Total Health Care Spending, 2012
$2.82 trillion

Pie Chart with three parts:

  1. Reimbursed*†—$2.46 trillion;
  2. Complementary Health Approaches Out-of-Pocket—$30.2 billion;
  3. Conventional Out-of-Pocket*—$328.8 billion.

The two parts that are not reimbursed are split into the following:

  • Other Conventional Care*‡—$225.1 billion;
  • Self-Care Purchases†—$2.7 billion;
  • Prescription Drugs*—$54.1 billion;
  • Physician Visits*—$49.6 billion;
  • Practitioner Visits—$14.7 billion;
  • Nonvitamin, Nonmineral Natural Products—$12.8 billion.

* National Health Expenditure Data for 2012. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Web site. Accessed at:… on March 31, 2016.

† Self-care purchases includes, for example, homeopathic medicines and self-help materials such as books or CDs related to complementary health topics.

‡ Other conventional care includes dental care, nursing homes, home health care, nondrug medical products, hospital care, and other professional services.


Citation: Nahin RL, Barnes PM, Stussman BJ. Expenditures on complementary health approaches: United States, 2012. (433KB PDF) National Health Statistics Reports. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2016.

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