HCFA's national health expenditures estimates show that, in contrast to recent years, spending is expected to absorb a rising proportion of total economic resources, which may necessitate tough public policy choices.
Health spending growth over the next decade likely will be driven in part by rapid increases in spending for prescription drugs. The conditions that have propelled prescription drug expenditures since 1995 are projected to persist over the next decade. These conditions include an increasing number of health plans with low-cost co-pays for drug coverage, direct-to-consumer advertising and newer, better tharapies requiring high-cost branded products.
See the print publication for the following charts:
- Hospital, HMO, e-healthcare connectivity and PPM indexes compared with the S&P 500
- Healthcare service companies' change in market capitalization
- HCFA health spending forecasts, by sector, 2000-2010
- National health expenditures