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By Cory Thornton, MS

Out-of-pocket consumer health care spending hit another high – $307.7 billion or 11.4% of the total health care budget – in 2011. According to the analysts (see U.S. Health Care Spending Grows 3.9% In 2011), the rise in this spending is due to consumer higher cost-sharing requirements in health benefit plans and increased enrollment in consumer-directed health plans.

What are the market segments with significant consumer out-of-pocket spending? These statistics paint an interesting picture of the financing landscape:

The question for most service provider organizations – is your clinical team and your billing team ready for a market with increasing amounts of consumer payments? To answer that question, check out some of our earlier coverage:

And, stay tuned for our continued coverage of the financing and reimbursement issues that shape the service delivery system.

For another free resource, see: Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs Up 30% From 2001-2006 for People With Private Insurance   all members

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