Family Out-of-Pocket Medical Costs: Recent Trends and Implications for Health Care Access


Previous Fund-supported research has documented the growing burden of out-of-pocket medical expenditures and the resulting difficulties Americans face in accessing care and paying medical bills. This project will analyze Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data to measure the most recent changes in out-of-pocket spending and premium shares and to identify the factors causing these changes. In addition, project staff will analyze household and physician survey data from the Community Tracking Study to document variation in this cost burden across 60 U.S. communities and how it is affecting people's health care experiences. From these analyses, policymakers will learn how rising health care costs and cost-sharing are affecting families' financial stability and local health systems' capacity to care for the most vulnerable patients.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Center for Studying Health System Change
Principal Investigator:
Peter J. Cunningham
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 11, 2006
Related Topics
Health Care Coverage

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