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Sustainable U.S. Health Spending in the Next Administration

July 21, 2016 | Multimedia

Video recording of Altarum's 6th annual sustainable health spending symposium, which took place on July 12, 2016 in Washington DC.

July 2016 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

July 15, 2016 | Economic Indicators

National health spending in May 2016 was 5.0% higher than in May 2015. Spending on prescription drugs dropped to 5.2% growth, continuing its decline from the 12.2% spike in 2014.

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.