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Paul B. Ginsburg


Despite Fears, Costs Rise Only Modestly in 1998

Fall 1998
Data Bulletin No. 13

Tracking Health Care Costs:

January 1997
Issue Brief No. 06

A Primer on Understanding Health Care Cost Trends:

December 1996
Issue Brief No. 05

Tracking Health Care Costs:

July/August 1997
Health Affairs

Tracking Health Care Costs

Fall 1996
Health Affairs

Health System Change:

Winter 1995
Health Affairs

Tracking Health Care Costs:

September/October 1998
Health Affairs

Health Spending:

Questioning the Assumptions

January/February 1999
Health Affairs, vol.18, no.1 (January/February 1999): 272
Paul B. Ginsburg

n a letter to the editor, the author questioned assumptions that the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) made about future trends in health spending. HCFA projects that the growth in Medicare spending will lag behind that of private insurance premiums, with a consequent slowing of cost growth. The author says that this result is not plausible as a basis for a long-run projection. He believes that a key factor behind the slowing of premium growth in the mid-1990s was increased competition in health care markets, and he expects rates of increase of private health insurance premiums to start spiking up, at least temporarily.

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