Anchorage — The world needs your help with the home furnishish craze, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report, released Friday, also warned that Americans are spending more money than ever on the most expensive items on their home, from furniture to appliances, but not enough on basic necessities like household cleaners and dishwashers.
“Americans are spending about $1 trillion on home furnishishes a year, more than the annual spending by all other OECD countries combined,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a statement.
It’s not clear how much is being spent on furnishings and what percentage is being wasted, the CDC said.
The agency noted that most of the time, Americans spend on furnishies are for personal or household purposes.
For example, a study published last year by the Pew Research Center found that the average American spends $3,000 a year on home decor, a significant increase from last year when the average was $2,000.
Fritz, who heads the CDC’s division of home health and safety, said the findings were particularly concerning because it shows how people are living longer and spending more than ever before.
He noted that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees health care programs, reported last year that people spend on home health care services on average nearly a third more than they did in 1990.
More than one-third of Americans, or 37.5 million, were living in homes with more than one person, a jump from 32.5 percent in 2010, according the report.
Most Americans now own at least one home, with home ownership increasing to 26.7 million, according Census data.
But the number of people with no one in their home has nearly doubled in the past decade, the report said.
About 11.6 million people have a primary or sole-care physician, a new milestone that includes more than half of all Americans.
Policymakers are struggling to get the nation’s health care system on track to keep pace with population growth and an aging population.
In some states, like California, people are having their first babies and expecting to retire later.
And while the overall number of insured Americans has grown slightly over the past year, the number who are insured has fallen by more than 13 million.
A new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that while more than 80 percent of Americans now have health insurance, the health insurance market remains fragile.
Americans with employer-sponsored health insurance premiums have fallen by 10.5 percentage points since the end of last year, to a rate of about $4,400 a month.
Insurance for non-employer-sponsored people, including those who do not have employer coverage, has also fallen by about 9.5 points, to about $2.75 a month, the foundation said.
The report notes that many of the nation�s major insurers have begun offering policies for the first time.
Among the most popular policies are health savings accounts, or HSAs, that can be used to lower out-of-pocket costs.
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