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HCCI Releases 2018 Health Care Cost and Utilization Report

Average employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) spending rose to $5,892 per person in 2018, according to the Health Care Cost Institute’s annual Health Care Cost and Utilization Report, which analyzes 2.5 billion medical claims to inform the public about trends affecting approximately 160 million U.S. individuals with employer-sponsored insurance. This spending growth outpaced 2017’s growth due to continued price growth combined with an uptick in utilization.  

The report examines four groups of health care services and dozens of sub-categories. Of the four major categories (Inpatient services, Outpatient services, Professional services, Prescription drugs), outpatient visits and procedures saw the highest 2018 spending increase (5.5%).

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