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Measuring and Modeling Health Care Costs

Ana Aizcorbe, Colin Baker, Ernst R. Berndt, and David M. Cutler


National statistical agencies keep good track of how medical care dollars are spent—how much is paid to hospitals, physicians’ offices, pharmaceutical companies, and the like. However, it has proven much more challenging to measure the productivity of those dollars. What is medical care doing for our health? Given the large size of the US health care sector—roughly $3 trillion annually—measuring medical care productivity is essential in understanding what we get for our medical care dollars and in evaluating productivity growth in the economy as a whole. The National Bureau of Economic Researc ... More

Keywords: health costs, pharmaceuticals, health outcomes, market design

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226530857
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226530994.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ana Aizcorbe, editor
Bureau of Economic Analysis

Colin Baker, editor
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Ernst R. Berndt, editor
MIT Sloan School of Management

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