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

Understanding U.S. Health Care Spending

Julie Schoenman, PhD, NIHCM Foundation2; Nancy Chockley, MBA

 

Updated charts using the latest data are available here.

In this data brief we examine why we spend more than $8,000 per person on health care and the factors driving spending growth. Our analyses document the extreme concentration of expenditures, with just 5 percent of the population responsible for almost half of all spending, and demonstrate the importance of rising spending for hospital and physician services as the primary drivers of expenditure growth.

In this data brief we examine why we spend more than $8,000 per person on health care and the factors driving spending growth.