The 2018 Health Care Cost and Utilization Report presents data on health care spending, utilization, and average prices from 2014 through 2018 for individuals under the age of 65 who receive health insurance coverage through an employer.
The report draws on data from more than 2.5 billion medical and prescription drug claims for approximately 40 million individuals enrolled in employer-sponsored health insurance annually between 2014 and 2018 based on de-identified commercial health insurance claims contributed by Aetna, Humana, Kaiser Permanente, and UnitedHealthcare.
The key findings are:
This report examines trends within four categories of service: inpatient admissions; outpatient visits and procedures; professional services; and prescription drugs. All data were weighted to reflect the age, gender, and geographic mix of the employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) population.
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