AHIP: Hospitals Main Cause of Rising Health Care Spending
Hospitals are the main cause of rising health care spending in the U.S., according to a report from America's Health Insurance Plans. The report used claims data on privately insured patients under age 65 and estimated price growth based on admissions rates and hospital location. AHIP researchers concluded that inpatient prices increased by 8.2% annually between 2008 and 2010, driven by more complex treatments and an increase in health care procedures.
- "AHIP Report Blames Hospitals for Rising Prices" (Kutscher, Modern Healthcare, 3/18).
- "Insurers: Hospital Prices Rising Steeply" (Baker, "Healthwatch," The Hill, 3/18).