Surprise bills vary by diagnosis and type of admission
There has been considerable attention to the issue of “surprise-medical bills,” or the occurrence of out-of-network charges when a patient was unaware of charges and therefore could not reasonably avoid them. Earlier this year, we estimated that 18% of emergency visits and 16% of inpatient admissions at in-network hospitals resulted in at least one out-of-network […]

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How does prescription drug spending and use compare across large employer plans, Medicare Part D, and Medicaid?

How does prescription drug spending and use compare across large employer plans, Medicare Part D, and Medicaid?

Prescription drug costs are a pressing concern for both consumers and policymakers. Rising drug prices affect patients’ out-of-pocket costs as well as the budgets of private and public payers, though the challenges vary by payer. This analysis compares prescription drug …

Deductible Relief Day: How rising deductibles are affecting people with employer coverage

Deductible Relief Day: How rising deductibles are affecting people with employer coverage

As deductibles have risen and become more common over the past decade, many people with employer-sponsored coverage have faced rising out-of-pocket costs. Out-of-pocket spending is increasingly likely to be in the form of a deductible, which often means enrollees pay …

How affordability of health care varies by income among people with employer coverage

How affordability of health care varies by income among people with employer coverage

The affordability of health insurance and health care continue to be key public concerns.  While recent policy discussions have largely focused on the adequacy of financial assistance for those covered in ACA marketplaces and the nongroup market, millions of people …

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 …

How do mortality rates in the U.S. compare to other countries?

How do mortality rates in the U.S. compare to other countries?

The U.S. has lower than average mortality rates for cancers but higher than average rates in the other causes of mortality. This collection of charts explores how mortality rates in the U.S. compare to similar OECD countries (those that are …