Characterizing the Experiences of High-Cost Users in Medicare

Edited by Thomas Macurdy and Jeff Geppert

in Analyses in the Economics of Aging

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780226902869
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226903217 | DOI:
Characterizing the Experiences of High-Cost Users in Medicare

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This chapter explores patterns of expenses for high-cost users of Medicare. It aims to develop a transparent approach for identifying these beneficiaries and determining the concentration of their health care utilization. The analysis reveals that that 20–30 percent of the total growth in Medicare program payments from 1989 to 1999 came from an increase in the participation rate while 50–60 percent was from an increase in average program payments per service recipient.

Keywords: Medicare; high-cost users; health care utilization; Medicare program payments; participation rate

Chapter.  18021 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Econometrics and Mathematical Economics

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