Report: U.S. Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Spending Expected to Reach $608 Billion in 2019

Report: U.S. Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Spending Expected to Reach $608 Billion in 2019

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According to a new report, the amount Americans spend on healthcare out of pocket reached $416 billion in 2014; and with growth of 8% will reach $608 billion by 2019.  Americans spend on multiple categories out of pocket, including: (1) directly on expenditures, (2) co-pays as part of office visits, (3) hospital visits, (4) drug purchases, and (5) premiums.

“Premiums are the largest category of spending but co-payments and direct payments are growing,” said Bruce Carlson, Publisher of Kalorama Information.

Out-of-pocket expenses projected to increase include:

  • Direct payments will grow to 9.5% per year, as employers increasingly add high deductible plans.
  • Co-payments will climb to 9.5% annually, as plans raise co-pay amounts and subject more products and services to co-payment.
  • Premiums will expand by 7.1% per year overall.

According to Hewitt Associates, “HMOs in particular will seek double digit monthly premium increases as these plans suffer from an exodus of young, healthy employees to low premium, high deductible plans leaving a higher proportion of participants with health problems.”

Prescription medications represent the single largest out-of-pocket health care expenditure for the average person, with Rx medications comprising 43% of total out-of-pocket health care costs. This is followed by office-based procedures, including examinations, vaccinations, etc., at 26%. Hospital stays comprised just 1% of the average person’s out-of-pocket health care spending, although this is considerably higher for persons with the highest overall health care expenditures.

The report says that 50% or so of consumers who do not utilize health care services extensively are subject mainly to premiums and plan fees but do not often pay co-payments and rarely must meet deductibles; on the other hand, consumers with chronic conditions and those who otherwise utilize plan services frequently pay not only premiums and plan fees but also make frequent co-payments and often become subject to deductibles and plan coverage limits. For this latter group, co-pays, deductibles and direct payments after coverage limits have been reached can exceed premiums.

The Report

Kalorama Information’s report: Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Expenditures in the United States includes statistics on Total Spending By Consumers, Proportion That is Cash, Credit Card, HSA and Other Programs, Co-Pay Spending, 2009-2014 and Projected to 2019, Premium Spending, 2009-2014 and Projected to 2019, Direct Healthcare Purchases, 2009-2014 and Projected to 2019 ; The publisher made its finding in its most recent report Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Expenditures in the United States. Information on the report can be found at: http://bit.ly/1AwwrM3.

Press Release Follows

Report: U.S. Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Spending Reaches $416 Billion

NEW YORK, May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The amount Americans spend on healthcare out of pocket reached $416 billion in 2014 and with growth of 8% will reach $608 billion by 2019.  Americans spend on three categories out of pocket: directly on expenditures, co-pays as part of office visits and hospital visits and drug purchases, and on premiums.  The publisher made its finding in its most recent report Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Expenditures in the United States.

Information on the report can be found at 
http://www.kaloramainformation.com/redirect.asp?progid=87501&productid=8996267.

“Premiums are the largest category of spending but co-payments and direct payments are growing,” said Bruce Carlson, Publisher of Kalorama Information.

Direct payments will demonstrate very strong growth at 9.5% per year, as employers increasingly add high deductible plans. Co-payments will also demonstrate healthy growth of 9.5% annually, as plans raise co-pay amounts and subject more products and services to co-payment. Premiums will expand by 7.1% per year overall. According to Hewitt Associates, HMOs in particular will seek double digit monthly premium increases as these plans suffer from an exodus of young, healthy employees to low premium, high deductible plans leaving a higher proportion of participants with health problems.

Kalorama notes that Consumers in the United States utilize a variety of methods to pay for health care products and services. These are required in instances when payment is not made directly from a health care plan directly to the provider. The key payment methods utilized are: – cash or check; – credit cards; – loans and lines of credit; – flexible spending accounts; – health savings accounts; – medical financing.  Prescription medications represent the single largest out-of-pocket health care expenditure for the average person, with Rx medications comprising 43% of total out-of-pocket health care costs. This is followed by office-based procedures, including examinations, vaccinations, etc., at 26%. Hospital stays comprised just 1% of the average person’s out-of-pocket health care spending, although this is considerably higher for persons with the highest overall health care expenditures.

The report says that 50% or so of consumers who do not utilize health care services extensively are subject mainly to premiums and plan fees but do not often pay co-payments and rarely must meet deductibles; on the other hand, consumers with chronic conditions and those who otherwise utilize plan services frequently pay not only premiums and plan fees but also make frequent co-payments and often become subject to deductibles and plan coverage limits. For this latter group, co-pays, deductibles and direct payments after coverage limits have been reached can exceed premiums.

Kalorama Information’s report: Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Expenditures in the United States includes statistics on Total Spending By Consumers, Proportion That is Cash, Credit Card, HSA and Other Programs, Co-Pay Spending, 2009-2014 and Projected to 2019, Premium Spending, 2009-2014 and Projected to 2019, Direct Healthcare Purchases, 2009-2014 and Projected to 2019 can be found at: http://www.kaloramainformation.com/redirect.asp?progid=87501&productid=8996267.

About Kalorama InformationKalorama Information, a division of MarketResearch.com, supplies the latest in independent medical market research in diagnostics, biotech, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare; as well as a full range of custom research services. Reports can be purchased through Kalorama’s website and are also available on www.marketresearch.com and www.profound.com.

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Bruce Carlson
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bcarlson@kaloramainformation.comwww.KaloramaInformation.com

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