By the numbers

The skyrocketing cost of U.S. health care: By the numbers

The fate of ObamaCare may be in doubt, but one thing's for sure: Rising health-care costs are making it harder and harder for Americans to stay insured

No matter what the Supreme Court decides regarding the constitutionality of President Obama's health-care overhaul, this much is clear: Health-care costs are rising, and will keep rising, so Americans aren't getting much bang for their health care buck. Health consulting firm Milliman Inc. expects 2012 to be the fifth year in a row that U.S. health-care costs will jump about 7 or 8 percent, and while people who pay out of pocket generally are the hardest hit, even Americans with employer-sponsored plans have increasingly seen the costs eat up their salaries. Here, a numerical guide to how expensive it is to be healthy in the U.S.:

$2.6 trillionAnnual public and private spending on health care

$8,402Amount that works out to per American

17.9Percentage of GDP the $2.6 trillion constitutes

$9,235Cost, in 2002, to cover a family of four under an employer plan

$20,000Estimated cost to cover a family of four under an employer health plan in 2012, according to Milliman 

113Percent increase in employer-sponsored premiums since 2001

$7,102Cost, in 2010, for a typical family not enrolled in a group or employer health plan

6.6Percentage of a household budget spent on health care in 2010

$950Annual per capita spending on pharmaceutical expenses 

78.2Average U.S. life expectancy

$5,352Annual per capita cost of health care in Norway, the second-most expensive nation in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 

$800Annual out-of-pocket expenses per person in Norway 

81Average life expectancy in Norway 

$4,478Annual per capita cost of health care in Canada, No. 6 in the OECD

80.7Average life expectancy in Canada 

$3,978Annual per capita cost of health care in France, No. 10 in the OECD

$290Annual out-of-pocket expense per person in France

81.5Average life expectancy in France

Sources: CNNMoney, National Journal, 24/7 Wall St.

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