Higher costs for health services drove health spending per capita up 4.2 percent in 2017, according to an American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) report citing the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), and health care spending for patients with employer-sponsored plans grew to $5,641 despite only slight changes in utilization of services.
Health care spending per capita was $4,834 in 2013, according to the report, and has been on the rise since.
“Increases in spending can arise from increases in use, increases in average prices, or a combination of both,” HCCI’s John Hargraves said in a statement. “The change in the composition of services can also affect spending. After adjusting for changes in the mix of services, we see that prices do drive per person spending growth.”
To read the full report on AJMC’s website, click here.