Health Spending

What drives health spending in the U.S. compared to other countries

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What drives health spending in the U.S. compared to other countries

The United States spends significantly more on healthcare than comparable countries, and yet has worse health outcomes. Much of the national conversation has focused on spending on prescription drugs and administrative costs as the primary drivers of health spending in the U.S. President Donald Trump has signed executive orders with broad directives to lower prescription […]

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A look at how the opioid crisis has affected people with employer coverage

A look at how the opioid crisis has affected people with employer coverage

With deaths from opioid overdose rising steeply in recent years, and a large segment of the population reporting knowing someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers, the breadth of the opioid crisis should come as no surprise, affecting people …

An analysis of who is most at risk for high out-of-pocket health spending

An analysis of who is most at risk for high out-of-pocket health spending

As deductibles in health insurance plans have grown, there is concern about the level of out-of-pocket health costs faced by workers and their families with health insurance. In this brief, we present new analysis of the share of people with …

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

What are the current costs and outcomes related to mental health and substance use 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 use disorders in the United States and comparably wealthy countries. A related brief offers discussion …

How much does the U.S. spend to treat different diseases?

How much does the U.S. spend to treat different diseases?

This collection of charts and a related brief explore trends in the costs of treating diseases. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) disease-based health spending estimates allows users to examine national health spending trends by disease category from 2000 – …

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

Note: An updated chart collection explores more recent data on this topic here.

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 …