Article by Drug Channels, www.drugchannels.net

“The econowonks at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have recently published new projections for U.S. National Health Expenditures (NHE). You’ll find links and my data analysis below.

As you will see, total U.S. spending on healthcare is projected to grow, from $3.5 trillion in 2017 to $4.8 trillion in 2023. Spending on hospitals and professional services is expected to grow by a combined $750 billion—about 59% of CMS’s projected $1.3 billion increase in U.S. healthcare spending.

CMS also projects that spending on outpatient prescription drugs will account for only 9% of the total increase in U.S. healthcare spending. What’s more, total growth in spending on healthcare administration by the government and insurance companies is roughly equivalent to the growth in total spending on outpatient prescription drugs. Guess which of these categories will contribute more to patients’ well-being!

These sobering figures put the debate about drug spending in context. To say that slashing drug spending would solve the healthcare spending problem is like saying you can afford a New York City penthouse by making fewer trips to Starbucks.”

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