Analysis shows that health care spending was 7.3% higher in the first quarter of 2015 than in the first quarter of last year, with hospital spending increasing 9.2% alone. According to the US Census Bureau, greater use of health services as well as more people covered by the ACA appear to be responsible for most of the increase. As the economy improves, people are beginning to use more physician and outpatient services, while the number of days spent in hospitals also rose.
Health Spending is Growing Faster Again…Just Like Before
July 27, 2015