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).

Executive Summary

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