Annual Percentage Increase in Healthcare Costs by Service Category, 2002-2010
- The rate of increase for healthcare expense will likely continue to outpace the overall rate of inflation.
- Hospital outpatient and pharmaceutical expenses are projected to continue with an average annual increase of approximately 12% per year.
- The 8% annual rate of increase for hospital inpatient care and physician services seen in the first half of the decade is also projected to continue through 2010.
- The trends shown are underlying claim cost trends and thus do not include the effects of any cost-sharing leveraging.