Chartbook on Care Affordability
Supplemental Measures of Care Affordability
- Supplemental measures:
- May provide contextual information related to health care quality.
- Are not part of the measure set tracked in the QDR because they are difficult to interpret.
- Supplemental measure of Care Affordability:
- Per capita national health expenditures.
Per Capital National Health Expenditures
Per capita national health expenditures in 2009 $, by largest components, 2003-2014
|Physician and Clinical||1,421||1,474||1,523||1,572||1,575||1,628||1,636||1,634||1,677||1,709||1,739||1,799|
|Nursing Care Facilities||432||432||440||441||451||447||447||447||452||446||445||453|
|Net Cost of Health Insurance||420||434||428||450||450||467||451||460||442||450||479||497|
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, National Health Expenditure Data, 2003-2014.
Denominator: U.S. population.
Note: Net cost of health insurance consists of insurers’ costs of paying bills, advertising, sales commissions, and other administrative costs; net additions to reserves; rate credits and dividends; premium taxes; and profits or losses. Other includes other professional services; dental services; other health, residential, and personal care; home health; government administration; other nondurable medical products; durable medical equipment; government public health activities; research; structures; and equipment.
- Importance: Increases in national expenditures on health care can affect costs for consumers.
- Total per capita national health expenditures in 2009 dollars rose from $7,271 in 2003 to $8,653 in 2014.
- Expenditures on hospitals and physicians rose an average of 2% per year while expenditures on prescription drugs changed little.
- The five largest components of national health expenditures were hospital, physician and clinical, prescription drug, and nursing care facilities, along with net cost of health insurance (revenues minus expenses).
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