Explaining the Growth in US Health Care Spending Using State-Level Variation in Income, Insurance, and Provider Market Dynamics | Mercatus Center

A new study funded by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University offers an important potential explanation for recent healthcare spending trends. In a paper published in the journal Inquiry, professors Bradley Herring from Johns Hopkins University and Erin Trish from the University of Southern California use a method of analysis not previously applied to this question and find that at least 70 percent of the recent slowdown in healthcare spending growth—if not all of it—results from predictable, known factors such as income, insurance coverage, and provider market characteristics. The authors also apply these results to project the likely healthcare spending increases from the Medicaid expansions of the ACA.

Source: Explaining the Growth in US Health Care Spending Using State-Level Variation in Income, Insurance, and Provider Market Dynamics | Mercatus Center

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