More Interesting Data

Here are a few charts from the California Healthcare Foundation 2007 report on healthcare costs. They show some interesting data.

This first one shows annual out-of-pocket spending by consumers on healthcare. As you would expect, it has gone up in real dollars, but it has gone down as a percentage. OOP Spend

Here is a chart that shows how the yearly growth in healthcare costs has compounded itself over time compared to the CPI.

Cost Curve
This next chart has always been interesting to me. When I was at the PBM, we talked so much about drug costs, but the reality is that they are a minority of the total costs.HC cost by category

This chart comparing our spending to other countries is always a little scary since our average age and (I believe) our typical outcomes aren’t very different from these other countries. But, it is important to look at both together. Spending more if it made us live longer and healthier lives might be worth it.HC by country

We used this chart several times in my past. It shows how private insurance has begun to pay for drugs compared with consumers over time.

Rx payment sources

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