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


The share of health care expenditures borne by federal, state and local governments has increased over time. There is some evidence that governments are cutting down on health expenditures by reducing reimbursement to providers, increasing patient cost sharing, reducing eligibility and generosity of public insurance and reducing expenditures on other sectors of the economy. However, more research is needed to systematically analyze the effects of rising health care expenditures on government budgets and expenditures.

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