Health spending growth has consistently outpaced U.S. economic growth and is higher than medical spending in other wealthy countries. Despite spending more, the United States doesn’t have better health outcome in terms of life expectancy, mortality rates and other measures. This brief provides an overview of trends in health costs and the performance of the U.S. health system, including comparisons to countries from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The brief charts growth in the nation’s per capita health spending along with the recent slowdown, touching on the roles of expanded Medicaid eligibility, increases in Medicare beneficiaries and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Additionally, it discusses the health system’s effectiveness and capacity to provide services, including the accessibility and affordability of care.
The Peterson-Kaiser 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 Kaiser Family Foundation, 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
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…
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Related Peterson-Kaiser Tracker Resources
- Health Spending Explorer
- A Generation of Health Care in the United States: Has Value Improved in the Last 25 Years?
- How have healthcare prices grown in the U.S. over time?
- How do healthcare prices and use in the U.S. compare to other countries?
- 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?
- How has health spending changed over time?
- How Do Health Expenditures Vary Across the Population?
- What Do We Know About People with High Out-of-Pocket Spending?
- Payments for Cost Sharing Increasing Rapidly Over Time
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…
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This Kaiser Family Foundation analysis finds that for workers covered by their employer’s health plans, out-of-pocket costs including deductibles and coinsurance have been increasing significantly faster than costs paid by insurers, reflecting a decade-long trend toward slightly less generous coverage.
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…
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…