The Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker provides clear, up-to-date information on trends, drivers and issues that impact the performance of the system. It also illustrates how the U.S. is performing relative to other countries and how different parts of the system are performing relative to one another. A partnership of the Peterson Center on Healthcare and the KFF, the Tracker’s work goal places a heavy emphasis on data and evidence, addressing key questions through collections of charts, which provide data with additional context and synthesis of the latest research and developments. The Tracker also provide regular insight briefs for a more in-depth look at topical questions.
Featured Peterson-Kaiser Tracker Resources
A new chart collection summarizes what is known so far about how health costs and utilization have changed during the pandemic. This builds on a previous analysis exploring the potential cost of treating coronavirus hospitalizations, and a brief explaining the factors driving costs higher or lower and particular considerations for…
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Related Peterson-Kaiser Tracker Resources
- How Prepared is the U.S. to Respond to COVID-19 Relative to Other Countries?
- Potential Costs of Coronavirus Treatment for People with Employer Coverage
- How Health Costs Might Change with COVID-19
- Visualizing Health Policy: US Statistics on Surprise Medical Billing
- Surprise Bills Vary by Diagnosis and Type of Admission
- How do healthcare prices and use in the U.S. compare to other countries?
- Health System Dashboard
- Household Health Spending Calculator
- National Health Spending Explorer
- How have healthcare prices grown in the U.S. over time?
- How much is health spending expected to grow?
- What are the recent and forecasted trends in prescription drug spending?
- An analysis of out-of-network claims in large employer health plans
- A Look at How the Opioid Crisis Has Affected People with Employer Coverage
- How Does Cost Affect Access to Care?
The coronavirus outbreak has hit densely populated urban areas of the United States first and hardest. Some health systems have experienced surges of patients, raising concerns that there are not enough hospital beds, staffing, and equipment. The novel coronavirus was slower to spread to rural areas in the U.S., but…
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In roughly 1 of every 6 emergency room visits and inpatient hospital stays in 2017, patients came home with at least one out-of-network medical bill, a new KFF analysis finds. More specifically, 18 percent of all emergency visits and 16 percent of in-network hospital stays had at least one out-of-network…News Release Read More
This analysis examines how often patients get hit with surprise medical bills, what circumstances tend to give rise to them and what proposals are being considered to protect consumers from this problem.Issue Brief Read More
Deductible Relief Day is May 19. That’s the date by which average spending for people with employer-sponsored health insurance is sufficient to satisfy the average deductible, the amount they must pay out-of-pocket for most health care services before their insurance plan kicks in to help pay the bills, KFF analysts…News Release Read More
This analysis examines how health insurance deductibles are affecting consumers with employer-sponsored insurance. Deductibles have risen in recent years and become an increasingly prominent feature of job-based health plans. “Deductible Relief Day” refers to the date by which average spending for people with employer-sponsored health insurance is sufficient to satisfy the average deductible.Issue Brief Read More
This analysis for the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker uses information from the Current Population Survey to look at the average amounts and the shares of family income people in working families with employer-based coverage pay out-of-pocket toward their premiums and direct payments for medical care. It finds that lower income families spend a greater share of their income on health costs than those with higher incomes, and that health status of family members is associated with higher out-of-pocket expenses.Issue Brief Read More
Newly updated and expanded, the Health System Dashboard compiles data on the U.S. health system’s performance in four categories: access and affordability, health and well being, health spending, and quality of care. Users can explore trends over time, as well as disparities and differences across demographic groups. The dashboard also…Interactive Read More
In this Axios column, Drew Altman looks at total family spending for health including taxes and health benefits, and why people need to understand it to assess proposals like Medicare-for-All.Perspective Read More
A new interactive tool highlights how much individuals and families in the U.S. spend on health. Users can generate scenarios based on family size, income level, insurance source, and health status. The calculator estimates direct costs, like premiums, out-of-pocket costs, and state and federal taxes that fund health programs, as well as less…Interactive Read More
The Real Cost of Health Care: Interactive Calculator Estimates Both Direct and Hidden Household Spending
A new interactive tool from KFF estimates total household health spending for individuals and families in the U.S., including costs that are often less visible to consumers. Users can generate scenarios based on family size, income level, insurance source, and health status. In addition to estimating direct costs like deductibles…News Release Read More