Healthy Marketplace Index
Health care spending in the United States is on the rise and accounts for nearly 18% of US economic activity. While policymakers continue to examine contributors to this phenomenon at the national level, differing local trends add complexity – but critical detail – to the picture of how health care dollars are spent across the country. Our analysis of more than 1.8 billion health care claims shows wide variation in potential sources of high health care spending – whether it’s high prices, frequent service use, or both.
We examined how frequently people with commercial insurance used health care services between 2012 and 2016, and how much those services cost per transaction. We found that not only did spending trends and drivers vary substantially across metro areas, they varied within metro areas when we segmented the data into categories of services like inpatient, outpatient, and physician services. In short, each metro area had a different experience.
This report explores these varying trends in order to better understand their sources. Use our interactive maps and charts to investigate and compare health care service prices and use in 112 local areas in 43 states.
How does your area stack up?