1932

Abstract

In this paper, we review the literature on a number of the potential explanations for the rise in health care expenditures in the United States: the aging population, the costs of dying, technology, physician incomes, administrative costs, prescription drugs, managed care, and the underfunding of public health. Our goal is not to pass definitive judgment on the force(s) driving health care costs, but rather to make the reader a more educated consumer of these widely cited data. We place special emphasis on how health expenditures are measured and the inherent weaknesses in the methodology. We find that frequently it is difficult to accurately estimate how individual forces influence total health care expenditures. Moreover, we conclude that interpreting the causes of the rise in expenditures goes beyond simple observations of trends and depends on how we value various segments and aspects of health and health care.

Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.1146/annurev.publhealth.24.100901.141008
2003-05-01
2024-06-23
Loading full text...

Full text loading...

/content/journals/10.1146/annurev.publhealth.24.100901.141008
Loading
/content/journals/10.1146/annurev.publhealth.24.100901.141008
Loading

Data & Media loading...

  • Article Type: Review Article
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error