Factors accounting for the rise in health-care spending in the United States: the role of rising disease prevalence and treatment intensity.

@article{Thorpe2006FactorsAF,
  title={Factors accounting for the rise in health-care spending in the United States: the role of rising disease prevalence and treatment intensity.},
  author={Kenneth E. Thorpe},
  journal={Public health},
  year={2006},
  volume={120 11},
  pages={1002-7}
}
OBJECTIVES To examine the factors responsible for the rise in health- care spending in the United States over the past 15 years. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Nationally representative survey data from 1987 and 2003 were used to examine the top medical conditions accounting for the rise in spending. I also estimate how much of the rise is traced to rising treated disease prevalence and rising spending per case. RESULTS The study finds most of the rise in spending is linked to rising rates of… CONTINUE READING

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