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 do we know about people with high out-of-pocket spending?

What do we know about people with high out-of-pocket spending?

This chart collection explores the distribution of out-of-pocket spending among people with large employer coverage using the Truven Health Analytics MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters Database. We examine trends in out-of-pocket spending by people with employer coverage from 2005 to …

What are the current costs and outcomes related to mental health and substance abuse disorders?

What are the current costs and outcomes related to mental health and substance abuse disorders?

This collection of charts (updated July 31, 2017) explores trends in the prevalence, outcomes, costs, and access to care associated with mental health and substance abuse disorders in the United States and comparably wealthy countries. A related brief offers discussion …

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 …