The cost of health care became more affordable from 2011 through the first half of 2015 as fewer people overall reported having trouble paying their medical bills within the past year, according to AHRQ’s newly released Chartbook on Care Affordability. The percentage of people who reported trouble paying their medical bills decreased from 21 percent to 17 percent. This applied to people under age 65 of all income levels and race/ethnicity. However, blacks and Hispanics were more likely to have problems paying medical bills in all years as compared with whites. From 2006 to 2013, health care also became more affordable for individuals ages 18 to 64 with four or more chronic conditions. The percentage of these people who had trouble paying their medical bills decreased from 48 percent in 2006 to 38 percent in 2013. This applied to individuals whose family health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket medical expenses totaled more than 10 percent of annual family income. Access theNational Quality Strategy “Priorities in Focus” brief that outlines current payment and delivery system reforms to make care more affordable.
Chartbook on Care Affordability
National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report
This Care Affordability chartbook is part of a family of documents and tools that support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR). The QDR includes annual reports to Congress mandated in the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-129). This chartbook includes a summary of quality and disparities across measures of care affordability from the QDR and figures illustrating select measures of care affordability. A PowerPoint version is also available that users can download for presentations.
- Chartbook on Care Affordability (PDF File, 1.53 MB)
- Chartbook on Care Affordability: Slide Presentation (PowerPoint File, 557 KB)
Persons using assistive technology may not be able to fully access information in these files. For assistance, contact Doreen Bonnett at (301) 427-1899 or Doreen.Bonnett@AHRQ.hhs.gov. The accessible version will be available by September 2016.
2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and 5th Anniversary Update on the National Quality Strategy
Page last reviewed August 2016