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AHRQ Stats: Demographics for Highest Healthcare Spenders

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An AHRQ data brief found hypertension and osteoarthritis/other nontraumatic joint disorders were the most commonly treated conditions among people in the top 5 percent of healthcare spenders in 2019. The top 1 percent of persons ranked by their healthcare expenditures accounted for about 21 percent of total healthcare expenditures, while the bottom 50 percent accounted for only 3 percent.

The Statistical Brief – Statistical Brief #540, Concentration of Healthcare Expenditures and Selected Characteristics of High Spenders, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2019 – used data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component (MEPS-HC) to describe the overall concentration of healthcare expenditures across the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population in 2019. The most commonly treated conditions among top spenders are identified, and the shares of spending by age groups, race/ethnicity, type of medical service, and source of payment are illustrated. All differences discussed in the text are statistically significant at the 0.05 level.

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