The Concentration of Health Care Spending
Spending for health care in the U.S. is highly concentrated among a small subset of Americans. Just 5 percent of the population accounted for nearly half of all health care spending in 2009. Understanding these high-spenders is vital for developing strategies to reduce overall spending growth. In this data brief you will learn more about:
the characteristics and health conditions of the highest spenders,
the persistence of high spending patterns over time,
the challenges in targeting the most expensive cases for better care management, and
the implications of concentrated spending for risk-based payment and insurance market reforms.
This is the third in a series of NIHCM data briefs on U.S. health care spending.