The Effect of Health Care Cost Growth on the U.S. Economy. Summary

09/01/2007

There is little empirical research on how health care costs affect profits, revenues, output, or competitiveness of U.S. employers. There is some evidence that rising health care costs can lead to a decline in employment.Economists are divided in their opinion as to how health spending growth affects wages, employment, and output. While traditional economic models suggest that health care cost growth has no effect on employers if workers bear the costs, others have argued that cost growth will lead to higher prices and lower output, less employment, and lower profits if employers bear some of the increased burden from rising health care costs.

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