Lekha S. Whittle

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Differing trends in health spending by state underlie national spending trends. To shed light on the complexities of health spending patterns among state residents, we present updated per capita health spending estimates by state of residence for 1991-1998 and new estimates for 1999-2004, and we offer summaries of trends exhibited during these time periods.(More)
In 2009, US health care spending grew 4.0 percent--a historically low rate of annual increase--to $2.5 trillion, or $8,086 per person. Despite the slower growth, the share of the gross domestic product devoted to health spending increased to 17.6 percent in 2009 from 16.6 percent in 2008. The growth rate of health spending continued to outpace the growth of(More)
Health care spending varies considerably across states. Spending per person ranged from $2,731 in Utah to $4,810 in Massachusetts in 1998, with Medicaid's share of total health care spending rangingfrom 9.1 percent in Nevada to 31.5 percent in New York. Research has suggested many reasons for such differences, including socioeconomic and demographic(More)
For the fourth consecutive year, growth in health care spending remained low, increasing by 3.7 percent in 2012 to $2.8 trillion. At the same time, the share of the economy devoted to health fell slightly (from 17.3 percent to 17.2 percent) as the nominal gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 4.6 percent. Faster growth in hospital services and in physician(More)
Health care spending estimates constitute an important public policy tool, providing a broad look at historical trends in unique State health care systems. The State health expenditure estimates presented here detail spending for the 50 States and the District of Columbia for calendar years 1980-1998. They include expenditure estimates for specific service(More)
OBJECTIVE Provide a detailed discussion of baseline health spending by state of residence (per capita personal health care spending, per enrollee Medicare spending, and per enrollee Medicaid spending) in 2009, over the last decade (1998-2009), as well as the differential regional and state impacts of the recent recession. DATA SOURCE State Health(More)
national health care expendi-t u res reached $1.1 trillion, an increase of 5.6 percent from the previous year. This marked the fifth consecutive year of spending growth under 6 percent. Underlying the stability of the overall growth, major changes began taking place within the Nation's health care system. Public payers felt the initial ef fects of the(More)