*Produced by: Nirmita Panchal,MPH, Matthew Rae, MPH, MPA, Larry Levitt, MPP, Gary Claxton, Anne Jankiewicz, and David Rousseau, MPH.
This month's Visualizing Health Policy takes a look at health care costs in the United States, including how US health care spending has surged over the past 50 years and how it continues to grow faster than the economy; how health care spending is unevenly distributed within the US population, with only half the population accounting for more than 97% of health care costs; how health care costs are putting pressure on US families, some of whom have to delay health care because of cost; how the United States spends more per person for health care than other countries; and how the cost of health insurance premiums has increased in the past decade for both workers and employers. For a complete view, select the PDF available in the upper-right article toolbar.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation (http://www.kff.org) analysis. Original data and detailed source information are available at http://facts.kff.org/jama_092612.
Kaiser Family Foundation*. Costs. JAMA. 2012;308(12):1197. doi:10.1001/2012.jama.11916