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Medicare Spending Growth Rates: 1994-2009

What is driving Medicare spending growth? According to a recent health affairs paper by Amitabh Chandra, Maurice A. Dalton, and Jonathan Holme (2013), the answer is post acute care. The authors use Medicare claims (5 percent MedPAR sample) to examine changes in Meidcare spending between 1994 and 2009. The authors find that post-acute spending has […]

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Share of Federal Budget Spent on Health Care Jumped in 2009

In 2008, 38 percent of the federal government’s revenue was spent on health care.  In 2009, however, this figure jumped to 54 percent of total revenues.  Although federal health spending only increased by 17.9%, a decline in revenues of a similar magnitude caused this large change.  Surprisingly, state and local spending on healthcare barely budged.  In […]

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