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

Chart shows per capita national health expenditures in 2009 dollars, by largest components. Text description is below the image.

Component 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Hospital 2,263 2,295 2,363 2,399 2,440 2,465 2,543 2,570 2,608 2,667 2,683 2,739
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
Prescription Drug 725 758 774 808 829 821 826 785 765 745 741 798
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
Other 2,010 2,065 2,118 2,141 2,226 2,264 2,256 2,288 2,307 2,328 2,336 2,367

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.
  • Trends:
    • 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).
Page last reviewed August 2016
Page originally created August 2016
Internet Citation: Supplemental Measures of Care Affordability. Content last reviewed August 2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/chartbooks/careaffordability/measures4.html