Special Feature: The Rising Costs of Health Care
A Decade of Health Care Cost Growth: Impact on the American Family
How do soaring health care costs affect the finances of the average American family? A new RAND Health study shows that the doubling of health costs between 1999 and 2009 largely wiped out an average family's real income gains. In fact, in 2009 the family had a net gain of only $95 per month. If health care costs had tracked general inflation over the decade, the family would have had nearly $5,400 more in 2009.
The Effects of Obesity, Smoking, and Excessive Alcohol Intake on Healthcare Expenditure in a Comprehensive Medical Scheme — 2013
Health risks such as tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption and unhealthy body weight contribute to the development of chronic health problems.
Accountable Care Organization Formation Is Associated with Integrated Systems but Not High Medical Spending — 2013
We examined where accountable care organizations (ACOs) have formed and what regional factors are predictive of ACO formation.
The Quality-Cost Framework describes the mechanisms by which health-related quality of care affects health care and health status–related costs.
Given rising health care costs, there has been a renewed interest in using utilization measures to profile physicians.
Three Large-Scale Changes to the Medicare Program Could Curb Its Costs but Also Reduce Enrollment — 2013
With Medicare spending projected to increase to 24 percent of all federal spending and to equal 6 percent of the gross domestic product by 2037, policy makers are again considering ways to curb the program's spending growth.