Prices Have More Impact On Health Care Spending Than Utilization

The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) released its annual Health Care Cost and Utilization Report for 2017, finding that per-person health care spending grew by 4.2 percent in 2017 while utilization did not change significantly. The increase in spending exceeded per-capita gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the second year in a row. According to the report, average annual spending among individuals with employer-sponsored health insurance was $5,641. 

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