Accession Number : ADA312920

Title :   America's Health: Recent Trends in Health Care.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : McMahon, Joyce S. ; Dolfini-Reed, Michelle A. ; Wilson, John A.

PDF Url : ADA312920

Report Date : NOV 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 111

Abstract : The health care system in the United States has changed substantially in recent decades. We have increased our spending on health care, both in absolute terms and as a relative share of total spending. The methods of delivery of health care, technological capabilities, demographics, and the sources of payment for health care expenditures have also changed a great deal. This research memorandum examines recent trends in three sectors of our health care system: the private insurance sector, Medicare, and Medicaid. The creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965 has had a strong influence on our health care system, and the private insurance market for health care coverage has changed considerably as well. To date, efforts to slow the rate of growth of health care costs have focused on cost containment methods to limit utilisation, and have not addressed the implications of structural changes in society and our health care market.

Descriptors :   *COSTS, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, *INSURANCE, DELIVERY, UNITED STATES, MARKETING, STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES, HEALTH, CONTAINMENT(GENERAL).

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE