Medical cost trend
Behind the numbers 2016

Bump in expected growth rate ends five-year contraction, but new efficiencies in the health system should prevent a return to double-digit run-away inflation. Although more confident consumers loosen up spending on doctor's visits and diagnostic tests, they price shop and choose wisely. Health systems and hospitals instill a new philosophy about value-based care delivery that may ultimately bring health inflation in line with GDP.

Health Spending Growth Consumers forego care In-patient care volume decline ACA Not Cost Driver HRI 2016 growth projection High deductible plans only Conscientious healthcare choices Insured consumers affordable options Diabetes Management New health advisors Specialty drug approvals grow Data breach concerns Provider cybersecurity incentives