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How Do Health Expenditures Vary Across the Population?

In a given year, a small portion of the population is responsible for a very large percentage of total health spending.  This slideshow explores the variation in health spending across the population through an analysis of the 2013 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data. The analysis shows that the 1% of the population with the highest spending accounted for almost one quarter of health spending (21%) and that the top 5% of the population is responsible for almost half of all spending.  It also examines spending variation across different demographic and health factors, including age, gender, race, insurance status and presence of certain health conditions.

The slideshow is part of the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker, an online information hub dedicated to monitoring and assessing the performance of the U.S. health system.  More information about the analysis leading to the slideshow is available through the tracker.

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