What Accounts for the Growth in Private Health Insurance Spending?

Kenneth E. Thorpe, Ph.D.
Chairman, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair, Health Policy and Management, Emory University
 
October 2019
 
Executive Summary 
Hospital care is the largest contributor to commercial health insurance spending growth, accounting for 42% of the increase since 2016. The growth in spending due to hospitals is more than twice that of the growth due to physician services and administrative costs, and ten times that of prescription drugs and nursing care. Efforts to control spending should consider how drivers of spending growth are linked to better patient care and chronic disease management.
 
A full PDF of this economic analysis including an infographic can be found HERE
 
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