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   Concentration of Health Expenditures and Selected Characteristics of High Spenders, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2016
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   Statistical Brief 521
MEPS component:
   Household Component
Publication date:
   February 19, 2019
   In 2016, spending on health care accounted for 17.9 percent of the United States GDP, yet the majority of this spending was concentrated in a relatively small percentage of the population. In fact, about 15 percent of the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population had no health care expenditures in 2016, and only 5 percent of the population accounted for half of health care spending. In this Statistical Brief, data from the MEPS-HC are used to describe the overall concentration of health care expenses across the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population in 2016. In addition, different spending tiers are compared on selected dimensions including age, race/ethnicity, type of medical service, and aggregate spending distributions by source of payment.
   Emily M. Mitchell, PhD
   Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
   Web Only
MEPS Topics:
   Health Care Costs/Expenditures
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