Second Quarter Health Spending Growth Estimates Decline
Health spending growth estimates for the start of the second quarter 2017, show 4.5 percent growth year-over-year, compared to 5.2 percent for the first quarter and 5.2 percent for 2016, according to the “Altarum Institute Center for Sustainable Health Spending Health Sector Trend Report” released in July 2017.
Consumers Report Favorable Interactions with Healthcare Providers
Consumers surveyed by the Pew Research Center report positive experiences with their healthcare providers, including 87 percent with a doctor visit in the last year who said their “concerns or descriptions of symptoms were carefully listened to.” Twenty-three percent said they “felt rushed by their healthcare provider.”
Report: U.S. Healthcare System Remains Behind Other Countries
The Commonwealth Fund’s latest research on the U.S. healthcare system shows while there has been “significant progress,” the U.S. still lags behind other countries. For example, 33 percent of U.S. adults in the survey reported they did not take a prescription medicine, visit a doctor when sick or receive recommended treatment in the last year because of the cost; compared to 7 percent in Germany and the United Kingdom and 8 percent in Sweden and the Netherlands.