Medical Cost Trend: Behind The Numbers 2016

PWC Health Research Institute

Research Brief | June 09, 2015

Spending growth in the $2.9 trillion US health economy is expected to slow in 2016 as compared to 2015, but it will still outpace overall economic inflation.

Stock prices, earnings reports and the customer base have increased and that means the industry is financially healthy. Affordable healthcare, however, remains out-ofreach for many consumers.

For this research, HRI interviewed industry executives, health policy experts and health plan actuaries whose companies cover more than 100 million employer-based members.

HRI also analyzed results from PwC’s 2015 Health and Well-being Touchstone survey of more than 1,100 employers from 36 industries, and a national consumer survey of more than 1,000 US adults.

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