Slide 2.

Trends in Healthcare Costs and the Concentration of Medical Expenditur
Significance of the Issue.

Slide 2. Significance of the Issue.

Health care expenditures:

  • Over one-sixth of the U. S. GDP.
  • Rate of growth exceeds other sectors of the economy.
  • Recent moderation in rate of growth.
  • Expenditure distribution is highly concentrated.
  • Among the largest components of the Federal and states' budgets.
  • Cost containment of continuing concern to private and public payers.

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Internet Citation: Slide 2.. November 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.