The Health Care Cost Institute, an insurer-funded not-for-profit research group based in Washington, found per capita healthcare spending on those under age 65 with employer-backed insurance rose 4.6% to $4,547 in 2011.
The increase in 2011 follows a rise of 3.8% in 2010 and 5.8% in 2009, based on an analysis of claims data from Aetna, Humana and UnitedHealthcare. (Kaiser Permanente is contributing data for future reports.)
The report, which does not include premium costs, attributed most of the jump in per capita spending growth to price increases for care. In general, utilization was flat, said Carolina-Nicole Herrera, director of research for the HCCI.