If you went to the doctor less or used fewer prescription drugs last year, but were surprised to learn that your health-care spending still went up, you're not alone.
Spending per enrollee in employer-sponsored health plans—in other words, most Americans—grew an average of 3.9 percent in 2013, despite the fact that people were using less medical services overall, a new report out Tuesday reveals.
The relatively moderate growth for health-care costs would have been more dramatic if people with employer-based insurance had used the same amount or even more such services than they did last year.
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In dollar terms, spending in 2013 grew an average of $183 to $4,864 per insured adult under age 65, according to the report by the Health Care Cost Institute.
The amounts include the cost borne by the employer-sponsored insurance plan as well as out-of-pocket payments borne by the insured adult.
The growing gap between prices and actual use was strikingly illustrated in the HCCI report by how much use of brand-name prescription drugs fell among employer-insured adults under age 65, compared to how the prices of those drugs grew.