Health Care Spending Research
Health Entitlement Spending: A Story in Six Charts - April 2013, Chart Story
The recent slowdown in health spending growth may strengthen the impulse on some fronts to delay action on meaningful entitlement reform, but long-term projections leave little doubt that federal health spending will continue to be a major contributor to our fiscal woes. This chart story pulls together essential facts on how much the federal government is spending on mandatory health care programs, how that spending affects the budget, and the hard spending and revenue trade-offs necessary to improve our fiscal outlook.
Charts on Health Care Spending - updated April 2013
Spending for Private Health Insurance in the United States - January 2013, Data Brief
The total cost of health care for a typical family with employer-sponsored coverage has more than doubled in the past decade to nearly $21,000 per year, outpacing both inflation and income growth. Skyrocketing health care costs are already straining budgets and could jeopardize the availability of affordable coverage under the ACA. This brief examines trends in premiums and cost-sharing in the group and non-group markets, how premium dollars are spent by insurers, which sectors are driving premiums upward, and the importance of price increases in explaining spending growth.
A Detailed Look at U.S. Health Care Spending - October 25, 2012, Presentation by Julie Schoenman, PhD
The Concentration of Health Care Spending - July 2012, Data Brief
Spending for health care in the U.S. is highly concentrated among a small subset of Americans. Just 5 percent of the population accounted for nearly half of all health care spending in 2009. This data brief examines the characteristics and health conditions of the highest spenders, the persistence of high spending patterns over time, the challenges in targeting the most expensive cases for better care management, and the implications of concentrated spending for risk-based payment and insurance market reforms.
Government Spending for Health Entitlement Programs - June 2012, Data Brief
This data brief closely examines the budgetary implications of government spending on health entitlement programs, including the spending down of the Medicare Part A Trust Fund and the growing reliance of the program on general revenue financing, the imbalance between Medicare contributions and benefits from the perspective of individual beneficiaries, the pressures on federal and state governments due to rapid growth in Medicaid spending, and the impact of various health spending and revenue scenarios on the federal fiscal outlook.
U.S. Health Care Spending: The Big Picture - May 2012, Data Brief
This data brief pulls together the most current data available from multiple sources to provide an overview of national health spending. The brief covers trends in health spending growth and the problem of excess growth, the sectors driving increased spending, the growth in public versus private spending, and changes in consumer out-of-pocket spending.
Controlling Health Care Spending: The Imperative to Act and Diverse Views of the Road Forward - February 2, 2012, Webinar
Understanding U.S. Health Care Spending - July 2011, Data Brief