Accounting for Health and Health Care: Approaches to Measuring the Sources and Costs of Their Improvement
Department of Quantitative Health Sciences
Medical Subject Headings
Health Care Costs; Health Expenditures
Biostatistics | Epidemiology | Health Services Research
Citation: National Research Council (2010), Accounting for Health and Health Care: Approaches to Measuring the Sources and Costs of Their Improvement. Panel to Advance a Program on the Design of National Health Accounts, Committee on National Statistics. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2010 (with Joseph Newhouse, David Cutler, Dennis Fryback, Alan Garber, Emmett Keeler, Jack Triplett and Christopher Mackie). This book can be read online for free at: http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12938&page=1
Summary: It has become trite to observe that increases in health care costs have become unsustainable. How best for policy to address these increases, however, depends in part on the degree to which they represent increases in the real quantity of medical services as opposed to increased unit prices of existing services. And an even more fundamental question is the degree to which the increased spending actually has purchased improved health. Accounting for Health and Health Care addresses both these issues. The government agencies responsible for measuring unit prices for medical services have taken steps in recent years that have greatly improved the accuracy of those measures. Nonetheless, this book has several recommendations aimed at further improving the price indices.
Allison B. Rosen is a member of the National Research Council's Panel to Advance a Research Program on the Design of National Health Accounts.