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August 2018 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

August 08, 2018 | Economic Indicators

Altarum's current estimate of annualized national health spending for the first five months of 2018 is 0.67 percent higher than previously estimated, at $3.61 trillion, and hospital care spending is now 2.04 percent higher, year to date (as of May)...

Sustainable Health Spending: Serious Issues—Sound Policy Solutions

July 26, 2018 | Multimedia

Video recording of Altarum's 8th annual sustainable health spending symposium, which took place on July 12, 2018, in Washington, DC.

July 2018 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

July 18, 2018 | Economic Indicators

In May 2018, national health spending was 4.4% higher than it was in May 2017 at $3.62 trillion (seasonally adjusted annual rate).

Growth in Spending on Privately Insured Drives Most of U.S. Health Spending Growth in 2017 and Early 2018

July 18, 2018 | Research Brief

Spending and price growth among the privately-insured population accelerated in 2017 and early 2018 relative to Medicare and Medicaid, despite very low growth in private insurance enrollment.

Projections of the Prescription Drug Share of National Health Expenditures Including Non-Retail

June 29, 2018 | Research Brief

A new report from the Altarum Center for Value in Health Care examines how "non-retail" spending is allocated across national health account services categories.

Health Sector Trend Report, June 2018

June 28, 2018 | Trend Reports

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this report provides a summary of key trends in Q1 2018 in health care spending, prices, utilization, and employment.

June 2018 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

June 15, 2018 | Economic Indicators

While earlier data suggested a recent acceleration, with revised data, we estimate spending growth of 4.7% for the first four months of 2018, barely above the 4.6% rate seen for all of 2017.

May 2018 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

May 11, 2018 | Economic Indicators

In April 2018, the health care sector added 24,400 new jobs, consistent with the 12-month average of 25,500 new jobs per month, but enough to propel the health share of total U.S. jobs to 10.76%, a new all-time high.