How Have Health Care Utilization and Spending Changed So Far During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

This chart collection summarizes what is known so far about how health costs and utilization have changed during the pandemic. The available data suggest that, by the end of 2020, health spending may be somewhat lower than it was in 2019. Any decrease in health spending would be historic, as health costs tend to rise faster than inflation and have even grown during past periods of economic downturn.

The chart collection is available in full on the Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker, an online information hub dedicated to monitoring and assessing the performance of the U.S. health system. For more data, analysis, polling and journalism on the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our resource page on kff.org.

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