The Price Ain’t Right? Hospital Prices and Health Spending on the Privately Insured

AUTHORS: Zack Cooper, Stuart Craig, Martin Gaynor, John Van Reenen

We use insurance claims data covering 28% of individuals with employer-sponsored health insurance in the United States to study the variation in health spending on the privately insured, examine the structure of insurer-hospital con-tracts, and analyze the variation in hospital prices across the nation.  More about this paper »




Hospital Prices Grew Substantially Faster Than Physician Prices For Hospital-Based Care In 2007–14

AUTHORS: Zack Cooper, Stuart Craig, Martin Gaynor, Nir J Harish, Harlan M Krumholz, John Van Reenen

We used data from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) that included claims for people with employer-sponsored insurance from Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare—three of the five largest insurers in the US. These data included the prices that insurers negotiated with hospitals and physicians.  More about this paper »



Variation In Health Spending Growth For The Privately Insured From 2007 To 2014

AUTHORS: Zack Cooper, Stuart Craig, Charles Gray, Martin Gaynor, John Van Reenen

From 1960 to 2013 US health care spending increased by 8.1 percent per year, on average, in real terms. Over the past decade there has been a widely noted slowdown in Medicare spending. By contrast, during the same period private insurance premiums have risen dramatically.  More about this paper »

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