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January 2022 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

January 21, 2022 | Economic Indicators

Spending growth since the start of the pandemic reflects significant federal government support; price growth has picked up but remains well below economywide inflation; and employment grew slowly in 2021 and only in ambulatory care settings.

December 2021 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

December 23, 2021 | Economic Indicators

In this month’s Health Sector Economic Indicators briefs, we incorporate new CMS health expenditure data for 2020 and show the impact of federal spending on near-record growth, while healthcare prices rise slightly and 2021's labor trends persist.

November 2021 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

November 16, 2021 | Economic Indicators

With high GDP growth, health spending stabilizes near 17.5% of GDP, health care price growth remains low amid continued increases in economy-wide inflation, and jobs in ambulatory care continue to grow amid strong economy-wide job growth.

October 2021 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

October 19, 2021 | Economic Indicators

Health spending surpasses $4 trillion while its share GDP share continues to fall, economywide inflation continues to overshadow health care price growth, and health care employment falls—driven by hospitals and residential care.

September 2021 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

September 17, 2021 | Economic Indicators

National health spending growth remains modest, health sector price growth slows for most categories, and health care employment falls slightly—remaining 3.1% below February 2020.

August 2021 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

August 18, 2021 | Economic Indicators

National health spending continues its gradual recovery; health sector price inflation remains mostly under control; and hospital and ambulatory care jobs grow while residential care jobs continue decline.

July 2021 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

July 22, 2021 | Economic Indicators

GDP growth is outpacing national health spending growth; health sector price growth falls below 2.0% amid economywide records; and health employment stands 25K below December 2020 halfway through 2021.

June 2021 Health Sector Economic Indicator Briefs

June 17, 2021 | Economic Indicators

National health spending growth reflects rebound from COVID-19, health care price growth remains stable amid economywide inflation, and health employment up modestly in May, returning to the December 2020 level