2011 Health Care Cost and Utilization Report
The Health Care Cost and Utilization Report: 2011 tracks changes in health care prices, utilization, and spending on people younger than 65 covered by employer-sponsored private health insurance (ESI).
The Health Care Cost and Utilization Report: 2011 provides the first broad look at 2011 health care spending among those with employer-sponsored insurance (ESI). HCCI found that average dollars spent on health care services for that population climbed 4.6 percent in 2011, reaching $4,547 per person. This was well above the 3.8 percent growth rate observed in 2010.
Key Findings from this Report
- Regional spending gap widening
- Spending on children’s health care rising fastest
- Cost sharing between patients and payers remains stable
- Use of health care services up, particularly outpatient care
- Rising prices were the primary driver of spending growth
- Prescription spending slowed, growing just 1% from 2010 to 2011