Healthcare Spending For People Covered By Employers Increased In 2016 Due To Rising Prices, Data Indicate.

Posted: January 26, 2018

The Wall Street Journal  (1/23, Whalen, Subscription Publication) reports that healthcare spending for Americans with employer-sponsored coverage rose in 2016 even though their usage decreased, according to an analysis conducted by the Health Care Cost Institute.

The Hill  (1/23, Hellmann) reports that spending on healthcare “has increased because prices are rising, not because Americans are using more health care,” according to an analysis conducted by the Health Care Cost Institute. Data show “total health-care spending grew by 4.6 percent per person from 2015 to 2016 even as utilization of services remained steady, or declined in some cases.” Consequently, “health-care spending per person reached a new high of $5,407 in 2016.”

The Miami Herald  (1/23, Chang) reports the analysis revealed that working Americans paid more for healthcare “every year from 2012 to 2016 – mostly due to double-digit price hikes for brand-name prescription drugs, inpatient surgeries and emergency room visits.” For the study, HCCI examined “more than 4 billion insurance claims for about 39 million people younger than 65 who were covered through their jobs.”

Modern Healthcare  (1/23, Livingston, Subscription Publication) reports that overall, per capita healthcare spending grew by 15% from 2012 to 2016.