This inaugural Health Care Cost and Utilization Report summarizes national trends in health care utilization and cost, focusing on 2009 to 2010.

Executive Summary

The 2010 HCCI Health Care Cost and Utilization Report is the first report of its kind to track changes in expenditures and utilization of health care services by those younger than 65 covered by employer sponsored, private health insurance (ESI). This report assesses the levels and changes in prices and utilization (including changes in the mix of services) focusing on 2009 and 2010.

This report is also the first of what will be an ongoing series of reports from HCCI. Future reports will provide updated numbers as they become available and focus on additional aspects of health care costs and utilization.

Key Findings from this Report

  • Per capita health spending among people under 65 is growing moderately, up 3.3 percent from the previous year but still nearly three times the rate of general inflation.
  • Higher spending was mostly due to price increases, rather than changes in the use of health care services: Prices for hospital admissions, outpatient care and prescription drugs all grew at a much faster rate than general inflation in 2010.
  • Health care spending grew fastest among those who are 18 and younger.