This issue brief examines health care spending on shoppable services in 2011. Contrary to expectations, giving consumers prices so they can shop for health care services may only have a modest effect on reducing health spending.
Key Takeaways Include:
- In 2011, about 43% of the $524.2 billion spent on health care services for commercially insured people was considered shoppable.
- About 15% -- nearly $81 billion -- of the total spent on health care for the commercially insured was spent out of pocket.
- Of the total amount spent out-of-pocket by consumers, about 7% -- $27.7 billion -- was spent on shoppable services.
- Most out-of-pocket dollars (44%) were spent on shoppable ambulatory doctor services.