Slide 12. Health Care Costs Concentrated in Sick Few-Sickest 10% Account for 65% of Expenses

Trends in Healthcare Costs and the Concentration of Medical Expenditures

Slide 12. Health Care Costs Concentrated in Sick Few-Sickest 10% Account for 65% of Expenses.

Slide 12. Health Care Costs Concentrated in Sick Few-Sickest 10% Account for 65% of Expenses.

Image: A bar chart shows the distribution of health expenditures for the U.S. population, but magnitude of expenditure, 2009:

  • 1% U.S. population—22% health expenditures.
  • 5% U.S. population—50% health expenditures.
  • 10% U.S. population—65% health expenditures.
  • 50% U.S. population—97% health expenditures.


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Current as of November 2012
Internet Citation: Slide 12. Health Care Costs Concentrated in Sick Few-Sickest 10% Account for 65% of Expenses: Trends in Healthcare Costs and the Concentration of Medical Expenditures. November 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/events/nac/2012-07-nac/cohenmeyers/cohenmeyerssl12.html