Health Spending

A new way of measuring health costs sheds light on recent health spending trends

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A new way of measuring health costs sheds light on recent health spending trends

This brief is the result of a collaboration between the Kaiser Family Foundation and the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis. Cynthia Cox is with the Kaiser Family Foundation; Abe Dunn, Lindsey Rittmueller, and Bryn Whitmire are with the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Recently released health spending estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) offer […]

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What are the recent and forecasted trends in prescription drug spending?

What are the recent and forecasted trends in prescription drug spending?

The cost of prescription drugs has become a hot-button issue with consumers and policymakers.  One in four people taking prescription drugs report difficulty affording their medication and recent Kaiser Family Foundation opinion polling has found bipartisan support for government action …

U.S. health system is performing better, though still lagging behind other countries

U.S. health system is performing better, though still lagging behind other countries

The Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker is launching a new Health System Dashboard that will track U.S. health system performance over time across four domains: health spending, quality of care, access and affordability, and health and wellbeing. The dashboard examines trends …

What do we know about cardiovascular disease spending and outcomes in the United States?

What do we know about cardiovascular disease spending and outcomes in the United States?

This collection of charts and a related brief explore trends in health outcomes, quality of care, and treatment costs for heart disease and related conditions. Mortality rates have improved dramatically ever since mortality due to coronary heart disease reached its …

Examining high prescription drug spending for people with employer sponsored health insurance

Examining high prescription drug spending for people with employer sponsored health insurance

Recent surveys have found that while most people taking prescriptions are able to afford the costs, a sizable share reports having difficulty affording their medication (26% of those taking prescription drugs, or 14% of the total population). Nearly one in …