Major U.S. programs as a share of the federal budget 2010-2018

Medicare is a major part of U.S. healthcare spending. As of 2018 Medicare expenditure was approximately the same expenditure as the U.S. defense budget at around 15 percent of the overall federal budget. Comparatively, Social Security accounted for about 24 percent of the U.S. federal budget during that time.

Major U.S. program outlays as a share of the federal budget from 2010 to 2018

Social SecurityDefenseMedicare*Medicaid**
201020%20%15%8%
201120%19%16%8%
201222%19%16%7%
201323%18%14%8%
201424%17%14%9%
201524%16%15%9%
201624%15%15%10%
201723%15%15%11%
201824%15%15%11%
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Sources

Release date

August 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

fiscal years 2010 to 2018

Supplementary notes

This statistic was assembled from several editions of this KFF fact sheet.
* Consists of Medicare spending minus income from premiums and other offsetting receipts.
** Medicaid, ACA, and CHIP.

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