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How costly are common health services in the United States?

A new Peterson-KFF analysis examined the average cost of several common healthcare services in the U.S. Data from a sample of the IBM MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters Database was analyzed, which includes health claims from non-elderly people enrolled in large employer plans. When possible, they show how these costs have changed over time and how they vary geographically.

This collection demonstrates that the costs associated with many common health services have risen more rapidly than general economic inflation, and that there are large geographic variations in the cost of the same health services across the United States.

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