The 2015 Health Care Cost and Utilization Report shows that spending per privately insured person grew by 4.6 percent, faster than in previous years. Price increases were the primary driver.

Key Findings from this Report

  • Health care spending averaged $5,141 per individual in 2015, up $174 from the year before.
  • Out-of-pocket spending rose 3.0 percent in 2015, to an average of $813 per capita.
  • Spending on prescription drugs grew faster than spending on any other health care service.
  • Use of outpatient care and professional services rose slightly in 2015.
  • Prices for outpatient, inpatient, professional services, and prescription drugs increased between 3.5-9.0 percent in 2015.

The report covers the period from 2012 through 2015 and includes claims data from four national insurance companies: Aetna, Humana, Kaiser Permanente, and UnitedHealthcare.