What drives the rapidly escalating increases for the cost of health care in the United States?
The following are the views of one PhD on that topic.
- 80% of total health care spending linked to chronically ill patients
- Rise in obesity prevalence in the US accounted for 27% of the growth in health spending over the past 20 years.
- We are not going to “solve” the spending growth through a singular focus on health insurance redesign (i.e. HSAs, higher co-pays).