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June 2016 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

June 10, 2016 | Economic Indicators

National health spending in April 2016 was 4.6% higher than in April 2015. This marked the sixth consecutive month of spending growth below 5%, and is well under the estimated average of 5.8% for all of 2015.

Technical Notes on Triangle of Painful Choices

June 06, 2016 | Research Brief

The triangle of painful choices was first introduced in August 2012 as a tool to provide insights about what rate of growth in health spending would be sustainable in the long term.

May 2016 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

May 12, 2016 | Economic Indicators

National health spending in March 2016 was 4.7% higher than health spending in March 2015, the fifth consecutive month of spending growth below 5%, and lower than the average 5.8% rate for all of 2015.

April 2016 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

April 08, 2016 | Economic Indicators

National health spending in February 2016 was 4.8% higher than health spending in February 2015.

March 2016 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

March 11, 2016 | Economic Indicators

National health spending in January 2016 was 4.9% higher than health spending in January 2015, slightly above the December 2015 growth rate of 4.8% but well below the 6.8% peak in February 2015.

February 2016 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

February 16, 2016 | Economic Indicators

Preliminary estimates show health spending grew only 4.9% in December 2015 compared to December 2014, continuing a steady decline from a peak of 6.8% in February 2015.

January 2016 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

January 15, 2016 | Economic Indicators

Health spending in October 2015 was up 5.5% compared to October 2014, continuing the slowdown from the peak of 6.8% growth in February 2015.

December 2015 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

December 11, 2015 | Economic Indicators

Health spending in October 2015 was up 5.5% compared to October 2014, continuing the slowdown from the peak of 6.8% growth in February 2015.