As policymakers struggle with how best to manage the nation's health care costs, this primer provides useful overview data and discussion on the growth in health spending since 1970 and its impact on both businesses and families. The report addresses these questions:
- How much does the U.S. spend on health and how has it changed?
- How does U.S. health spending compare with other countries?
- How does health care spending vary by person?
- What do health expenditures pay for and who pays for them?
- How do health care costs impact families and employers?
- Why are health care costs growing faster than the economy overall?
- What can be done to address rising costs?