PRICES & SPENDING   •  Jun 2017  •  Volume 6 / Number 7

The cost of care: new insights into healthcare spending growth

The cost of care: new insights into healthcare spending growth

BLS is celebrating the first anniversary of experimental disease-based price indexes, which adjust expenditures on disease for inflation. Statistical agencies have long collected price information on medical procedures, drugs, equipment, and services, but the cost of treating a patient is typically some combination of these goods and services. This article examines the reasons for reporting by disease rather than by service and explains the reasons behind the spending growth for each disease.

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