Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

This chart story examines the latest data on hospital consolidation, including trends, impacts, future outlook and proposed policy solutions.

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Just 5 percent of the population accounts for nearly 50 percent of health care spending. This chart story examines the latest data showing the extreme concentration of health spending and the traits and sectors associated with high levels of spending.

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High out-of-pocket spending—now averaging $1,000 per person annually—is symptomatic of a broader problem: health spending for all categories of care is on the rise, everyone is bearing a share of the burden, and alleviating that burden will require strong resolve to control overall spending.

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In this chart story, we review key projections for Medicare and Social Security, identify trends that are unsustainable, and explain how growing entitlement and interest spending affect the federal budget.

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We know that health care spending is highly concentrated, with just 5 percent of the population accounting for 50 percent of spending. But what else do we know about these high spenders? This chart story synthesizes the latest data on patterns in personal health spending, including the persistence of individual spending over time.

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With another presidential election on the horizon, the perennial debate over reforming federal entitlement programs has begun to resurface. Policy prescriptions are bound to vary along the political spectrum, but failing to come to agreement and act will threaten our long-term fiscal health. This chart story breaks down the latest numbers on spending for Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.

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