State unemployment in recessions during 1991-2009 was linked to faster growth in Medicare spending.

Abstract

During the US recession of 2007-09, overall health care spending growth fell, but Medicare spending growth increased. Using state-level data from the period 1991-2009, we show that these divergent trends were also observed within states. Furthermore, increases in state unemployment rates were associated with higher Medicare spending per capita and increased… (More)
DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.2012.0005

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