Health of the Healthcare System is a diagnostic look at the state of our healthcare system. How does the U.S. healthcare system compare to health systems of other high-income countries, and how has it fared over time? Kaiser Health News and former-NPR reporter, Julie Rovner, takes us through a check-up…
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.
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This Kaiser Family Foundation analysis finds that while prescription opioid use among people with private insurance has declined to its lowest levels in over a decade, the cost of treating opioid abuse has increased substantially.
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- 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
- What Are Recent Trends and Characteristics of Workers with High Drug Spending?
- What Do We Know about Cardiovascular Disease Spending and Outcomes in the United States?
- What Are the Current Costs and Outcomes Related to Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders?
- A New Way of Measuring Health Costs Sheds Light on Recent Health Spending Trends
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Although health spending in the United States grew at historically-low levels between 2008 and 2013, projections published on Health Affairs by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) suggest the rate will increase, averaging 4.9 percent per year on a per capita basis from 2014 to 2024. This slideshow provides details of those projections, along with historic trends, for overall health spending, spending on prescription drugs, and per capita out-of-pocket spending. The collection also compares projections from 2011 with those from 2015, demonstrates the long-term significance of small changes in the spending rate, and illustrates the challenges of predicting long-term trends.
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The quality of the U.S. health system is improving in many areas, but comparable countries continue to outperform the United States on key measures. In this brief on the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker, analysts from the Kaiser Family Foundation compile an overall picture of health care quality in the United States, using the best available data from numerous sources on health outcomes, quality of care, and access to services.
A new brief on the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker finds that the quality of the U.S. health system is improving in many areas, but comparable countries continue to outperform the United States on key measures. Analysts from the Kaiser Family Foundation compiled an overall picture of health care quality in…
New Interactive Tool Allows Users to Explore Trends in US Health Spending and Share Custom-Made Charts
A new interactive tool on the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker allows users to analyze the most up-to-date data on U.S. health spending, then build, display and share the charts they create. Developed by analysts at the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Health Spending Explorer helps users examine five decades worth of numbers documenting…