A report funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as part of its Affordable Care Act (ACA) Implementation—Monitoring and Tracking Series, finds that in the decade leading up to the ACA’s passage, per capita spending on personal health services among the nonelderly rose at an annual rate 3.5 percent faster than general consumer prices.
Prepared by researchers at The Urban Institute, the report analyzes the distribution of per capita spending across various health care service categories (e.g., hospital outpatient and physician, inpatient, prescription drugs, emergency room care), and breaks down the service type into changes in the number of individuals using the service; the average number of services used; and expenditures per unit of services.
- 1. A Decade of Coverage Losses: Implications for the Affordable Care Act
- 2. Virtually Every State Experienced Deteriorating Access to Care for Adults Over the Past Decade
- 3. The Financial Burden of Medical Spending Among the Non-Elderly, 2010
- 4. Deteriorating Health Insurance Coverage from 2000 to 2010: Coverage Takes the Biggest Hit in the South and Midwest
- 5. Uninsurance is not Just a Minority Issue: White Americans Are a Large Share of the Growth from 2000 to 2010
- 6. Declining Health Insurance in Low-Income Working Families and Small Businesses
- 7. Trends in U.S. Health Care Spending Leading Up to Health Reform
Per capita health expenditures increased by 41 percent, predominantly due to increases in physician and outpatient hospital spending, followed by inpatient hospital spending.
Per capita prescription drug expenditures increased by over 50 percent.
Prevalence of chronic conditions appears to be an important driving force behind changes in spending.
Growth in costs slowed somewhat in the latter part of the decade.
ACA Implementation Monitoring and Tracking: Quantitative Analysis Reports
These reports examine health reform implementation issues ranging from Medicaid expansion to state insurance exchanges in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.View the series
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