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Where does the money go?

You probably know that the US spends the most on healthcare in the world as a % of GDP. In fact, between 1996-2013, spending increased 933.5 billion dollars. That’s almost a trillion dollars. Here is the scary part. Did you know that during this same time, utilization of healthcare (inpatient) went down? That’s right….utilization went down significantly but health cost continued to rise during that same time. Thus, unlike most free markets, when demand went down, prices went up. This is the exact opposite of what usually (does) happen. The biggest slice of the pie, relative to price increases, was the costs of pharmaceuticals. Fifty percent of the health care cost increases were due to higher med prices, with diabetic meds leading the way. Seems like the health care deck is stacked against us. More on this next time.