Research Activities, March 2014
More than two-thirds of seniors with Medicare purchased cardiovascular drugs in 2010
More than two-thirds of senior Americans with Medicare coverage purchased cardiovascular drugs such as calcium channel blockers and diuretics in 2010. (Source: AHRQ Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #411: Expenditures for the Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, Medicare Beneficiaries, Age 65 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2010 available at http://go.usa.gov/B6gY.
Nearly 4 million babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2011
In 2011, 3.8 million babies were born in U.S. hospitals, which is 436,000 fewer—or a decrease of 10.3 percent—compared with 2008. (Source: AHRQ Health Care Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief #163: Hospital Stays for Newborns, 2011, available at http://go.usa.gov/B6gB.
Prescription drugs represented more than a fifth of all medical expenditures in 2010
Prescription drugs represented 21.4 percent of all medical expenditures in 2010. (Source: AHRQ Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #413: Prescription Drug Expenditures in the 10 Largest States, 2010, available at http://go.usa.gov/B6gQ.