Health Care Costs

AHRQ's fact sheets about health care costs

Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

This article briefly summarizes findings from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) on employer-sponsored insurance that have resulted from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded research conducted to date.

Improving Access and Quality

Dental care research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) looks at the impact of a wide variety of factors. These include the impact of reimbursement, race, income, and age on access to and use of dental care.

HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study

This Fact Sheet describes the HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS), the first major research effort to collect information on a nationally representative sample of people in care for HIV infection.

The High Concentration of U.S. Health Care Expenditures

Half of the population spends little or nothing on health care, while 5 percent of the population spends almost half of the total amount. Examining the distribution of health care expenses among the U.S. population sheds light on areas where changes in policy might bring about the greatest savings.

Health Care Costs

For more than 10 years, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has been conducting and funding research to provide information for decisionmakers about costs. This fact sheet summarizes specific AHRQ research focusing on health care costs.

AHRQ Research to Reduce Cost and Improve the Quality of Health Care

For at least the past 10 years, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)—and its predecessor, AHCPR—has helped the health care system reduce cost and improve quality by answering critical questions regarding the delivery of health care services. This fact sheet highlights key AHRQ research that has had an effect on health policy, cost, and quality. Some examples of these questions and the AHRQ findings follow.

Focus on Cost-Effectiveness Analysis at AHRQ

This fact sheet summarizes specific AHRQ research focusing on health care costs. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has been a leader in advancing the use and science of cost-effectiveness analysis in health care. Almost 10 percent of AHRQ's extramural research grants have included a clinical economic component.

Learning From What Has Been

This synthesis describes evidence-based research demonstrating what strategies reduce health care costs and what strategies have only mixed results.