OVERVIEW: Healthcare Finance and Insurance Terms & Definitions

Produced FROM Merck Manual

By Roger I. Schreck

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Health care in the US is technologically advanced but expensive, costing about $3.6 trillion in 2018, which was 16.9% of gross domestic product (GDP) (1). This percentage is significantly higher than in any other nation.

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in 2018 the next highest spending countries were Switzerland (12.2% of GDP) and France, Germany, Sweden, and Japan (each about 11%), while the average of the 35 OECD countries (OECD35) was 8.8% (2).

ASSESSMENT: Of course, the absolute amount and the rate of increase of health care spending in the US are widely regarded as unsustainable. Consequences of increased US spending on health care include the following:

LINK: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/special-subjects/health-care-financing/overview-of-health-care-financing

CMS GLOSSARY: https://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Resources/Files/Downloads/dwnlds/uniform-glossary-final.pdf

GOVERNMENT: https://www.bls.gov/ncs/ebs/sp/healthterms.pdf

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