Trends in National Health Care Expenses

MEPS Statistical Brief No. 465

Trends in National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, a statistical brief from the Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, presents estimates of percentages of health care spending by type of service and distributions by payment sources within age and insurance groups for the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population from 1996 to 2012.

Expense estimates include amounts paid by individuals, private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, and other payment sources.

Highlights:

  • Among persons age 65 and older, the proportion of total expenditures spent on prescription medicines and ambulatory care increased while the proportion spent on hospital inpatient care decreased when comparing 1996 with 2012.
  • Among the elderly, the proportion of their health care spending paid by Medicare increased while the proportion paid by private insurance/TRICARE decreased when comparing 1996 with 2012.
  • Among those under age 65 and those age 65 and older, the proportion of health care spending for prescription medicines nearly doubled when comparing 1996 with 2012.
  • When comparing 1996 with 2012, for those under age 65, the proportion of their health care spending on hospital inpatient services decreased while the proportion spent on prescribed medicines increased.

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Page last reviewed January 2015
Internet Citation: Trends in National Health Care Expenses: MEPS Statistical Brief No. 465. January 2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/meps1.html