In 2017, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, healthcare spending for every man, woman and child in the U.S. totaled nearly $11,000 – more than any other wealthy country. The interesting thing is that very few of us really know what goes into this number or who pays the bills. Here are a few facts you may find interesting.
- The average cost of employer-based health insurance for a family in 2019 was $19,616.
- The Census Bureau reports that 91.5% of Americans have health insurance coverage.
- In 2017, the average ER visit cost about $1,400 – an increase of 176% in 10 years.
- Federal, state and local governments currently pay for about 45% of all healthcare services.
- From 2000 to 2016, spending on prescription drugs rose by 69% – more than any other component.
- The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that in the past year, 50% of Americans put off needed healthcare because of cost.
America’s Health Insurance Plans, a national trade association whose member companies provide insurance coverage and health-related services to consumers and businesses, has released a study revealing the breakdown of today’s healthcare premium dollar, as follows:
- 23.3 cents of every premium dollar is used for prescription drugs
- 22.2 cents cover the cost of physician services
- 20.2 cents are used to pay for office and clinic visits
- 16.1 cents are used to cover hospital stays
- 13.5 cents are applied to care management, administrative expenses, business expenses, provider management and other fees
- 4.7 cents of every dollar go to taxes, and…
AHIP reports that on average, 2.3 cents of every premium dollar make it to the bottom line as net profit.
The American Institute of CPAs reports that its poll of 1,100 working adults revealed that by a 4 to 1 margin, workers would choose a job with benefits over an identical job that offered 30% more salary without benefits. Employed adults estimate that benefits represent about 40% of their total compensation. When asked which benefits are most valuable over the long run, 56% said a 401(k) match or health insurance while just over 30% said a pension.