Health Care Costs 101

National Health Expenditures per Person, 1960-2010 chart

What’s wrong with this picture?

Health care costs have been climbing at an unsustainable rate. In fact, since 1980 the average cost to provide health care for an individual in the U.S. has grown 800 percent – from $1,100 to $8,400 per year. 1

The rate of increase has slowed somewhat over the past three years, but it is still rising faster than consumer inflation. The Affordable Care Act, which became law in 2010, is designed to increase access to health insurance and, in the long term, lower costs. In the short-term, however, it will actually lead to cost increases for many Americans.

We understand you’re concerned. After all, it’s your health and your money.

It’s time for all of us to know the cost of health care, and work together to create real solutions that will rein in medical costs and improve the quality of care.

On this site, you can learn more about:

The information here will help you understand why the cost of health care is already high, what factors are pushing costs higher and how the new benefits provided by the ACA will also carry new costs. You’ll learn more about how the cost of care drives the cost of coverage.

We will also share tips on how to manage your own costs by becoming a more informed health care consumer and by making healthier choices that can save you money.

And finally, we’ll talk about what we’re doing to help bend the cost curve downward. We’ll explain how we’re exploring innovative ways to deliver the high-quality health care you deserve while lowering costs.

We hope you’ll join us in a conversation as we share what we’re learning and work to answer your questions.

Send us an email and let us know what you think.

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  1. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Health Care Costs: A Primer.